Italy’s anti-terrorist police announced the elimination of an extreme right-wing extremist group that was allegedly planning to bomb a NATO base.
This is reported by Politico.
The Carabinieri seized photos of Hitler, swastikas, and a book listing Jewish surnames during coordinated raids on Monday on the homes of 12 alleged members of the “Roman Aryan Order,” a white supremacist group inspired by the Nazis. One of the accused was recognized as the winner of the online beauty contest Miss Hitler in 2019, calling herself Miss Eva Braun.
The investigation began in 2019 as part of a broader investigation into white supremacists and far-right movements. The police said in a statement that the group “ is engaged in publishing racist and discriminatory, Nazi-inspired, anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying content, videos and images on social media.”
A specialized group of police officers focused on the exchange of extremist materials on Facebook pages and in communities on the Russian social network VKontakte, where members of the group allegedly incited violent acts against Jews and immigrants.
Investigators said police decided to make the detentions after accessing a WhatsApp group called the Judenfrei League — “judenfrei” is a term the Nazis used to describe territories “cleared” of Jews during the Holocaust-whose members allegedly shared instructions on how to produce improvised explosives as part of a plan against a NATO base.
The judge ordered 12 people accused of inciting racial and religious hatred to report to the police station weekly until a decision is made to formally charge them.