As one The crowd stormed the US Capitol Last week, far-right extremists, white radicals and neo-Nazis around the world spread hatred and fostered violence. Now, experts are warning that attacks like last week on US Congress or efforts stormed the German parliament in August can be done in the coming days.
On Wednesday, when the House of Representatives votes to impeach him the second time everTrump issued a statement calling for calm. “Before reports of more protests, I called for NO violence, NO breaking the law and NO vandalism of any kind. … I call on ALL Americans to help ease stress and calm down, ”he wrote.
But for extremists who see American turmoil unfold, that message may be too late. Samantha Kutner, a fellow at the Khalifa Ihler Institute, told BuzzFeed News that far-right groups around the world see the revolt as “an attempt to recruit massively” and “a war to defend the sovereignty of White skin-man”.
Since its uprising, BuzzFeed News has followed the social media accounts of nearly three dozen far-right groups and leaders outside the US. Members of extremist groups including Scandinavian Nordic Resistance, Italian CasaPound, Ukraine’s Azov movement, and the Proud Boys of Australia and Great Britain, as well as those in lesser known entities but equally dangerous, called for more blood.
A neo-Nazi channel on the messaging app Telegram appealed to hundreds of its subscribers to take up arms and “enjoy the upcoming death carnival.”
Another such channel on the platform shared a post telling thousands of followers to start believing in their “accelerator fantasies” because “you’re in it”.
Other extremists on Telegram and Gab, another social network popular with the far right, promoted “March million militia” on January 20 and urged supporters to join Armed march in state capitals starts Saturday.
Although mainstream social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have begun deleting accounts regarding Trump supporters and right-wing extremists, and apple and Google Having abandoned the friendly platform on the right edge of Parler completely, countless violent and disturbing messages remain.
“I hope foreign far-right groups will feel encouraged by January 6,” Cynthia Miller-Idriss, an extremist researcher and author of Hate the homeland, tell BuzzFeed News. “After the failed far-right attack on the German parliament four months ago, to the global far right this is an example of ‘success’ and will be celebrated as a victory by many groups.”
In August, during a demonstration in Berlin against the German government Coronavirus-related restrictions, hundreds of right-winged The protesters crossed the fence and tried to break into the country’s legislature. While shocking, the police were able to repel the crowd within minutes.
Since January 6, most radical channels have grown by dozens, if not hundreds, of them, many of whom have begun sharing each other’s messages for the first time.
Jason Blazakis, a Senior Research Fellow at the Soufan Center, told BuzzFeed News that some of the synergies between right-abroad extremists and US-based extremists have long existed. . But after last week’s uprising, “those connections may become more difficult because of what is seen as a success for the far right,” he said.
Sergei Korotkikh, a Belarusian-born neo-fascist and leader of Ukraine’s Azov movement, labeled by the State Department as a group of nationalist haters, cheered the attack in differential terms. Race on your Telegram channel. “In the end, the white man has decided to act and is taking over the Capitol,” he wrote to his nearly 23,000 followers. “This is good, although this time it might not lead to anything. But I think this gives us an Opportunity. The white man is still here and we know what to do. “
In another post, Korotkikh shared an image in red, white, and blue text that read “Make America Hate Again”.
Azov has worked hard for the past five years to develop relations with white supremeists in Europe and America. One of them was the supreme white American leader Robert Rundo of the violent Rise Above Movement. Rundo and other RAM members participated in the Consolidation Demonstration in Charlottesville in August 2017. At least one of Rundo’s RAM groups, Vincent James Foxx, was reported seen at the Capitol riot.
Rundo, however, was not there. Currently living in Serbia to avoid prosecution in the US for alleged crimes in Charlottesville and California, he fosters violence from his Telegram channel, saying unrest could boost people’s supremacy. White skin.
“Many of us talk endlessly to look for opportunities like what we see today. For those who used to want to take a stance… today could be that day, ”he wrote to his more than 4,000 subscribers.
It was a sentiment repeated by one of his close teammates, Russian mixed martial artist and neo-Nazi Denis Nikitin, living in Ukraine. Nikitin, who has the clothing company White Rex is popular among white nationalists in the United States, comparing the riots to the 1925 Ku Klux Klan operation on Pennsylvania Avenue.
While it seems that international extremists are now merely providing spiritual support to people in the United States, Blazakis says they may soon offer more than that.
“I can see foreign actors provide material support to far-right actors in the United States in the future – if that hasn’t happened yet,” he said. “Because there are no far-right terrorist groups punished by the US government, nothing is stopping that financial flow. This is a big hole ”.
Kutner noticed that radical groups based in the United States were raising money to help those involved in the uprising. BuzzFeed News saw at least four far-right foreign accounts on Telegram sharing links to those crowdfunding campaigns.
Miller-Idriss said that unless US authorities arrest Capitol rioters and those inciting them, including Trump, to account, more bloodshed is possible – in the United States and abroad.
“It is extremely important to send a strong message that this kind of violence is treason and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” she said.