Extremists around the world are taking inspiration from the capital’s rebellion


K A mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Last week, far-right extremists, white racists and neo-Nazis around the world spread hate and chanted violence. Now, experts are warning of attacks like last week on the US Congress or attempting Storming the German Parliament In August in the coming days.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives also voted to impeach him An unprecedented second timeTrump issued a statement urging calm. “In light of the reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there be no violence, no breach of the law, and no sabotage of any kind. I call on all Americans to help ease tensions and calm nerves.”

But for the extremists who are watching the chaos in the United States unfold, that message may be too late. Samantha Kuttner, a fellow at the Ehler Khalifa Institute, told BuzzFeed News that far-right groups around the world view the insurgency as a “mass recruitment effort” and a “battle to protect white supremacy.”

Since the rebellion, BuzzFeed News has monitored the social media accounts of nearly thirty far-right extremist groups and leaders outside the United States. Members of extremist groups, including the Scandinavian Scandinavian Resistance Movement, the Casa Pound Italia, the Ukrainian Azov movement, the proud Australians and Britons, as well as those in lesser known but no less dangerous entities, have called for more bloodshed.

One of the neo-Nazi channels on the messaging app Telegram called on hundreds of its subscribers to take up arms and “enjoy the upcoming killer carnival.”

Another such channel posted on the platform a post telling its thousands of followers to start believing in their “rushing fantasies” because you are “in one”.

Other extremists on Telegram and Gab, another social network popular with the far right, promoted a “militia march” on January 20 and urged supporters to join armed rallies in state capitals starting Saturday.

Although major social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have begun removing accounts linked to supporters of Trump and right-wing extremists, and Apple, city, cat And the Google The extreme extreme platform Parler has been completely shot down, and countless violent and sinister messages remain.

Cynthia Miller Idris, a researcher on extremism and author of the book, said Hate at home, To BuzzFeed News. “After the failed far-right attack on the German Parliament four months ago, for the global far-right this is an example of ‘success’ and many groups will celebrate it as a victory.”

In August, during a demonstration in Berlin against the German government Corona VirusRelated hundreds of right-wing entries Demonstrators broke through a checkpoint and tried to storm the country’s legislature. While shocked, the police managed to repel the crowd within minutes.

Since January 6, most of the extremist channels have grown by dozens if not hundreds of members, and many of them have started sharing each other’s messages for the first time.

Jason Blazakis, a senior research fellow at the Soufan Center, told BuzzFeed News that some coordination between far-right extremists abroad and US-based extremists has been around for a long time. But after the uprising that erupted last week, “these ties may be strengthened due to what is seen as a success for the extreme right,” he said.

Sergey Korotkikh, a Belarusian-born neo-Nazi and leader of the Ukrainian Azov movement, which the Foreign Ministry described as a nationalist hate group, chanted the attack in racist terms on his Telegram channel. He wrote to nearly 23,000 followers: “The whites have, finally, decided to act and take over the Capitol. That’s fine, although this time it might not lead to anything. But I think this gives us a chance. The whites are still here and we know what to do. “.

In another post, Korotkikh shared an image with a red, white and blue text that reads, “Make America Hate Again.”

Azov has worked hard for the past five years to grow Relationships with fanatical Europeans and white Americans. One of them is Robert Rondo, the white American fanatic from the violent Rise Above movement. Rondo and other members of RAM participated in the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. Vincent James Fox was at least one of RAM’s groups in Rondo. It said Seen in the Capitol Riots.

Rondo, however, was not there. Currently living in Serbia to avoid prosecution in the US for alleged crimes in Charlottesville and California, he welcomed the violence from his Telegram channel, saying the unrest could boost white supremacy.

“Many of us have talked endlessly about opportunities like what we’re seeing today. For those who wanted to take a stand … today it could be that day,” he wrote to more than 4,000 subscribers.

This was a sentiment echoed by one of his close companions, the Russian mixed martial arts fighter and neo-Nazi Denis Nikitin, who lives in Ukraine. Nikitin, whose clothing company White Rex works at It is popular among white nationalists in the United StatesCompare the riots to the 1925 Ku Klux Klan march down Pennsylvania Avenue.

While international extremists at present appear to be providing only moral support to those in the United States, Blazakis said they could soon provide more.

“I can see actors abroad providing material support to right-wing extremists in the United States in the future – if that doesn’t really happen,” he said. Because no extreme right-wing terrorist groups are under US government sanctions, there is nothing to stop this financial flow from happening. This is a big weakness. “

Kuttner found that US-based extremist groups were raising money to help those involved in the insurgency. BuzzFeed News has seen at least four far-right foreign accounts on Telegram sharing links to these crowdfunding campaigns.

Miller Idris said that unless the authorities in the United States hold Capitol rioters and those who instigated them, including Trump, accountable more blood could be spilled – in the United States and abroad.

“It is absolutely necessary to send a strong message that this type of violence is treason and will be prosecuted to the maximum extent permitted by law,” she said.

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