Extremists around the world draw inspiration from the DC Uprising
as a The mob stormed into the U.S. Capitol Last week, extreme right-wing extremists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis spread hatred and fueled violence across the globe. Now experts warn that, like last week’s attack or attempted attack on the US Congress, Swept the German Parliament August may take place at a later date.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to impeach him Unprecedented second timeTrump issued a statement urging to remain calm. “In view of more reports of demonstrations, I urge no violence, illegality, and vandalism of any kind. …I call on all Americans to help ease tension and calm their tempers,” he wrote.
But for extremists, it may be too late to see that the chaotic situation in the United States is developing. Samantha Kutner, a researcher at the Khalifa Ihler Institute, told BuzzFeed News that far-right groups around the world view the uprising as a “mass recruitment effort” and “protecting white supremacy”. struggle”.
Since the riots, BuzzFeed News has monitored the social media accounts of nearly thirty-two extreme-right extremist groups and leaders outside the United States. Members of extremist groups including the Scandinavian Nordic Resistance Movement, CasaPound in Italy, the Azov Movement in Ukraine, and Pride Boys in Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as members of little-known but low-risk entities Members all called for more bloodshed.
A neo-Nazi channel on the instant messaging app Telegram called on hundreds of its subscribers to raise their arms and “enjoy the coming deadly carnival.”
Another such channel on the platform shared a post telling its thousands of followers to begin to believe in their “acceleration fantasies” because “you are one”.
Other extremists in Telegram and Gab are another social network most popular on the right. They held the “Millions of Militia March” on January 20 and urged their supporters to participate in armed marches in the capital of the state from Saturday.
Although mainstream social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have begun to delete accounts associated with Trump supporters and far-right extremists, and apple with Google It completely abandoned Parler, the most fringe-friendly platform, and left countless violent and ominous messages.
“I do hope that foreign far-right groups will feel bold and bold by January 6,” extremist researcher and author of the Financial Times Cynthia Miller Adriss Hate the countryTell BuzzFeed News. “Following the failure of the far-right attack on the German parliament four months ago, this is a model of’success’ for the global far right, and many groups celebrated it as a victory.”
In August, during a demonstration in Berlin against the German government coronavirusRelated restrictions, hundreds of right wing The demonstrators broke through obstacles and tried to rush into the country’s legislature. While shocked, the police managed to repel the crowd within minutes.
Since January 6, most extremist channels have added dozens (or even hundreds) of members, and many of them have begun to share messages with each other for the first time.
Jason Blazakis, a senior researcher at the SouFun Center, told BuzzFeed News that there is already some coordination between overseas extreme right-wing extremists and American extremists. However, after last week’s riots, “these links may strengthen due to the success of the far right,” he said.
Sergei Korotkikh, a Belarusian-born neo-Nazi and head of the Azov Movement in Ukraine, called a nationalist hate organization by the State Department, cheered the attack with racist words on his Telegram channel . He wrote to his nearly 23,000 followers: “The white man finally decided to take action and took over the Capitol. This is good, although it may not produce any results this time. But I think it gives us a chance. The white man is still there. Here, we know what to do.”
In another article, Korotkikh shared a picture in red, white and blue text with the words “Make America hate again”.
Azov has been working hard for the past five years Relations with European and American white supremacists. One of them is Robert Rundo, the American white supremacist who emerged from the violent movement. Rundo and other RAM members participated in the Unity Right Rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. It is said that Seen in the Capitol riots.
However, Rundo is not there. He currently lives in Serbia to avoid prosecution in the United States for alleged crimes committed in Charlottesville and California. He cheered for the violence on the Telegram channel, saying that the unrest may encourage white supremacy.
“Many of us are constantly talking about opportunities such as those we see today. For those who want to stand up…today may be that day.” He wrote to his more than 4,000 subscribers.
This is the view expressed by one of his close comrades, a Russian mixed martial arts fighter and a neo-Nazi Denis Nikitin (Nan-Nazi Denis Nikitin) who lives in Ukraine. Nikitin, his White Rex clothing company is Popular among white American nationalists, Compares this riot with Ku Klux Cran March (under Pennsylvania Avenue) in 1925.
Although international extremists seem to be only providing moral support to people in the United States, Blazhakis said they will be able to provide more soon.
He said: “I see that overseas actors will provide material support for U.S. far-right actors in the future, if that has not happened yet.” “Since there is no far-right terrorist organization sanctioned by the U.S. government, there is no way to stop this. The occurrence of capital flows. This is a big loophole.”
Kutner discovered that extremist groups based in the United States raised funds to help participants in the uprising. BuzzFeed News saw that at least four foreign far-right accounts on Telegram shared links to these crowdfunding campaigns.
Miller-Idriss said that unless U.S. authorities stage a Capitol riot and instigate rioters, including Trump, more bloodshed may occur in the U.S. and abroad.
She said: “It is absolutely necessary to send a strong message that this kind of violence is an act of treason and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”