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Teenage neo-Nazi who planned suicide bomb attack on synagogue jailed for eight years | UK News

Teenage neo-Nazi who planned suicide bomb attack on synagogue jailed for eight years | UK News

A sixth form student from Brighton who drew up plans for a suicide bomb attack on a local synagogue has been jailed for eight years for terrorism offences. Mason Reynolds, 19, from Moulscoomb was a student studying bricklaying and roofing and doing part-time labouring work on the side. He lived with his parents and was described as leading “in many ways, a not untypical existence of a young man in his late teens”. However, Naomi Parsons, prosecuting, told Winchester Crown Court that Reynolds was a neo-Nazi who believed the white race was “destined to dominate the rest of mankind”. She said Reynolds “does not find himself here because he has political, racial or ideological views that some may find distasteful or indeed abhorrent”. “He is here because he has not just held those political, racial and ideological views, he has acted on them.” When Reynolds was arrested, police found a note on his phone created on 7 May 2023 entitled “Enough Larping” – a call to action that referred to ending his “live action role …

GOP lawmaker says neo-Nazi comments taken out of context in debate over paramilitary training

GOP lawmaker says neo-Nazi comments taken out of context in debate over paramilitary training

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker is accusing Democrats of misrepresenting her remarks to make her sound like a Nazi sympathizer during a debate about a bill to restrict paramilitary training in the state. Rep. Laurel Libby, of Auburn, was speaking in opposition to the proposal, which she considers unconstitutional, when she talked about media coverage of neo-Nazi demonstrations last year in Maine. “Let’s talk about the Nazis,” Libby said Wednesday on the House floor while making a point about freedom of expression. “I would like to know what they did, in detail if folks would like to share, that was wrong, that infringed on another person’s right. Holding a rally, and even holding a rally with guns, is not illegal,” she said. The Maine House Democratic Campaign Committee shared the video clip on social media. “We won’t stand for this MAGA extremism in Maine. Check out who we have running against her,” the Democratic committee wrote, directing viewers to Libby’s opponent, Democrat Dan Campbell. On Sunday, Libby described the views of Nazis …

Elon Musk’s X Is Suspending Accounts That Reveal a Neo-Nazi Cartoonist’s Alleged Identity

Elon Musk’s X Is Suspending Accounts That Reveal a Neo-Nazi Cartoonist’s Alleged Identity

Hours later, the account associated with the Anonymous Comrades Collective that posted the thread was deleted, and the account was suspended. On Friday, dozens of users, including a number of researchers and journalists, began discussing the incident and posting some of the details of the research, including Graebener’s name. X locked down many of these accounts and ordered them to delete the offending tweet to get full access to their accounts back. Among those targeted were Jared Holt, a senior research analyst at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, who covers right-wing extremism; Hannah Gais, a senior research analyst at Southern Poverty Law Center; and Steven Monacelli, an investigative journalist for the Texas Observer. (WIRED has also published Monacelli’s work.) X also imposed a ban on sharing the link to the Anonymous Comrades Collective blog detailing its research. WIRED verified this on Monday morning by attempting to post the link, only to be met with a pop-up message that read: ‘We can’t complete this request because this link has been identified by X or our partners …

Australia’s New South Wales state premier condemns neo-Nazi rally

Australia’s New South Wales state premier condemns neo-Nazi rally

SYDNEY: The premier of Australia’s New South Wales state condemned on Sunday (Jan 28) a neo-Nazi rally in the state capital Sydney as “appalling”, a day after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said neo-Nazism was on the rise in the country. Police on Sunday said around 30 men gathered at a park in the city’s north and were issued with orders preventing them from entering other areas of Sydney, before they dispersed, with no arrests made. “Police are meeting these obnoxious and appalling racists head-on in New South Wales streets,” Premier Chris Minns told reporters in Sydney, describing the event as a “neo-Nazi demonstration”. The far-right event comes a day after Albanese condemned domestic neo-Nazi activity following the arrests of six members of a black-clad group in Sydney on Friday, the country’s national day, amid rallies in support of its Indigenous people. The prime minister said Australia had seen a rise in neo-Nazism, which was condemned “by all decent people”. This month, new laws banning the Nazi salute and display or sale of symbols associated with …

Germany’s Top Court Bans Public Financing for Neo-Nazi Party

Germany’s Top Court Bans Public Financing for Neo-Nazi Party

Germany’s top court on Tuesday stripped a neo-Nazi party of the right to public financing and the tax advantages normally extended to political organizations, a decision that could provide a blueprint for government efforts to head off a resurgence of the far right. Although the party, Die Heimat, which means the Homeland, was already too small to receive public funding, the case was closely watched because it could have implications for countering the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, a far more popular far-right party. “Today’s decision by the Federal Constitutional Court sends out a clear signal: Our democratic state does not fund enemies of the Constitution,” Nancy Faeser, Germany’s interior minister, said in a statement. The government had tried to ban Die Heimat, which was formerly known as the National Democratic Party, or N.P.D., but failed because the court found that the party did not have enough support to hold any meaningful influence, prompting the government to begin in 2019 the procedure that culminated in the funding ban on Tuesday. In recent months, scholars and …

Turmoil in Germany over neo-Nazi mass deportation meeting – explained | Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)

Turmoil in Germany over neo-Nazi mass deportation meeting – explained | Alternative für Deutschland (AfD)

Over the past week tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of German cities to demonstrate against rightwing extremism. The protests were sparked by the revelation that members of the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party had attended a meeting with neo-Nazis and other extremists to discuss the mass deportation of migrants, asylum seekers and German citizens of foreign origin deemed to have failed to integrate. What do we know about the meeting? The meeting took place in a hotel outside the east German city of Potsdam on 25 November, but did not come to light until 10 January, when it was revealed by the investigative outlet Correctiv. A central focus was a presentation by Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader of the ethno-nationalist Identitarian movement, about the practicalities of carrying out mass deportation, referred to in far-right circles as “remigration”. According to reports from participants shared with Correctiv’s journalists, business figures were present who donated money to the cause. An emphasis was placed upon on how to implement the deportation policy in …

After neo-Nazi meeting, Germany’s far-right AfD bashed by Scholz – POLITICO

After neo-Nazi meeting, Germany’s far-right AfD bashed by Scholz – POLITICO

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz slammed the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) after an investigation found that members of the party were present at a meeting of right-wing extremists in which a “master plan” to deport migrants and “unassimilated citizens” was reportedly discussed. The report, by the German investigative outlet Correctiv, has sent shockwaves across the country as political leaders drew historical parallels to similar plans made by the Nazis. “We do not allow anyone to differentiate the ‘we’ in our country based on whether someone has an immigration history or not,” Scholz said. “We protect everyone — regardless of origin, skin color.” The AfD has been rising in polls in recent months amid unrest over migration, currently sitting in second place at 23 percent, according to POLITICO’s Poll of Polls, sparking debate in Germany about whether the party poses an acute threat to democracy. Several AfD officials met with right-wing extremists and neo-Nazi activists in a hotel near Berlin in November, according to the Correctiv report. The AfD officials — including Roland Hartwig, right-hand man to party …

Neo-Nazi Podcasters Who Called for Prince Harry’s Death Are Sentenced

Neo-Nazi Podcasters Who Called for Prince Harry’s Death Are Sentenced

Two neo-Nazi podcasters who called for the execution of Prince Harry were sentenced to prison in London on Thursday. The podcast hosts, Christopher Gibbons, 40, and Tyrone Patten-Walsh, 36, both from London, had been convicted in July on all charges against them. Mr. Gibbons, who was convicted of encouraging acts of terrorism and dissemination of terrorist publications, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Mr. Patten-Walsh received seven years for encouraging acts of terrorism. A statement from the police described the men’s views as “homophobic, racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic and misogynistic.” “The material that Gibbons and Patten-Walsh shared is exactly the kind that has the potential to draw vulnerable people — particularly young people — into terrorism,” said Cmdr. Dominic Murphy, who leads the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command. The police said the men had produced 21 episodes of their podcast, initially titled “Lone Wolf Radio” and later renamed to “Black Wolf Radio,” which had roughly 125 subscribers. Mr. Gibbons also created an online library of extreme right-wing material, the police said, with about 1,000 subscribers. …

Neo-Nazi podcast hosts who targeted Prince Harry and his son Archie jailed for terror offences | UK News

Neo-Nazi podcast hosts who targeted Prince Harry and his son Archie jailed for terror offences | UK News

Two men who used their neo-Nazi podcast to launch an attack on Prince Harry and his son Archie have been jailed for a total of 15 years for terrorism offences. Christopher Gibbons, 40, and Tyrone Patten-Walsh, 36, encouraged listeners to commit acts of terrorist violence against ethnic minorities during their podcast called Black Wolf Radio. The pair would also air homophobic, racist, antisemitic, Islamophobic and misogynistic views during the podcast’s 21 episodes. Gibbons described Archie as an “abomination that should be put down” in the podcast, which the pair used to voice their hatred of mixed-race marriages. He called for Prince Harry to be “prosecuted” and “judicially killed for treason”, jurors heard. The pair also endorsed the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016 and hailed Brenton Tarrant’s 2019 shooting spree in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the lives of 51 people at two mosques during Friday prayers. They also made vile remarks about victims of the Manchester Arena bombing. An investigation by the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command found Gibbons had created an online …

The punch that ‘burst the bubble’: residents of Hitler’s alpine home rise up against neo-Nazi visitors | Germany

The punch that ‘burst the bubble’: residents of Hitler’s alpine home rise up against neo-Nazi visitors | Germany

The punch that floored Joseph Brandner, 34, at 11.30pm on 24 August was the start of it all. Three men wearing Division Deutschland T-shirts, a brand associated with neo-Nazis, had walked up behind him as he was enjoying a drink with friends at a beer table outside the Kuckucksnest bar in the Bavarian alpine town of Berchtesgaden. Brandner – who has been learning-disabled since being hit by a car at the age of 17 – was sucker-punched to the ground. “Wankers!” screamed his tattooed assailant. “Come on – three on three.” Brandner’s two friends, including the owner of the bar, Jakob Palm, 33, hurriedly picked him up and took him inside. Two of the attackers were found later by police. The men, in their 20s and 30s, were visiting from northern Germany. The slow wheels of justice continue to grind. It was a traumatic episode, the sort of random violence not experienced in this quiet conservative community of 8,000 people for many years, but it was also a moment of epiphany for Palm and others. …