Italian police arrest Neo-Nazi cell

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Italian police have arrested four individuals in the region of Campania after investigations showed that they were “ready to carry out egregious acts of violence, both against civilians and against members of the Police Forces”. The arrested men belonged to a neo-Nazi network with links to Ukranian neo-Nazi groups. 

The arrested men are said to be part of the subversive association known as the ‘Ordine de Hagal’, or the Order of Hagal in English, and are based in Marigliano. In this particular case, the four who were arrested had already been known to the police, having been searched in 2021, and are now being held by the prosecutors on suspicion of propaganda and incitement to commit crimes on the basis of racial, ethnic and religious discrimination. 

RaiNews24 reported that the arrests came as a part of a national operation led by the DIGOS unit of the Italian police, which carried out 26 searches throughout Italy. 

The investigation into this particular far-right group began in 2019, and made use of large-scale telephone interceptions, as well as social media channels such as Telegram. It is thought that the far-right group had maintained international contacts with other neo-Nazi organisations, including some of those fighting in Ukraine. 

The 26 searches carried out today followed a further 30 completed in May and October 2021, during which massive propaganda material, bullets, ‘soft air’ weapons and tactical clothing had been collected. Meanwhile, on the Telegram channel, named “Protocol 4”, the members of the group had spread ideas linked to Holocaust deniers and Nazi sympathisers.

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