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Anti-migrant feeling fuels Swedish far right as election looms

Popular concern looks likely to propel Sweden Democrats to a possible 20% of the vote Last month, yards from the Social Democrats booth in Rinkeby town square, where Kersten Aggefors is handing out leaflets for the party that has finished first in every Swedish election since 1917, masked young people set five cars ablaze. A few days earlier, eight unidentified men had attacked the towns half-built new police station, crashing through the gate and hurling rocks and firecrackers at security guards, apparently in retaliation for a drug bust. In January,…

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German police in row over far right after officer blocked TV crew at Pegida rally

Off-duty police employee tried to stop groups demonstration in Dresden being filmed Police and politicians in the east German state of Saxony have been accused of ignoring or underplaying the rising influence of the far right, after an incident involving an off-duty police officer who tried to stop a TV crew filming a rally by the Pegida group in Dresden. Video footage that has gone viral showed a man later identified as an off-duty police employee shouting at crew members from state broadcaster ZDF. The man, dressed in a sun…

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The far right is at its strongest since the 1930s, and the media is helping | Owen Jones

Prominent far-right figures being given airtime on the BBC, LBC and ITV are not being properly challenged on their views, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The far right is on the march, and it is being legitimised and enabled by parts of the mainstream media. The shambolic interview of contempt of court was allowed to present himself as a legal expert. His link to the far-right Breitbart website was not mentioned. His claim that there was nothing far-right about us was not challenged, despite his sympathy for Donald Trump from…

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What is QAnon? Explaining the bizarre rightwing conspiracy theory

The sprawling internet theory, beloved by Trump supporters, has ensnared everyone from Tom Hanks to Hillary Clinton If you happened to be watching YouTube videos on Monday morning and were struck by an urge to check in on one of Americas most beloved movie stars, you were likely in for a nasty surprise. Sarah Ruth Ashcraft says Tom Hanks is a pedophile, read the title of the top video search result for the actors name. Tom Hanks Alleged Sex Slave Speaks Out, read another top search result. Indeed, the top…

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Anti-Muslim campaigners denied entry to UK at border

Martin Sellner and Abel Bodi stopped at Stansted en route to far-right event in London Two prominent anti-Muslim campaigners have been denied entry into the UK ahead of a conference held by Britains newest and most active far-right group. Martin Sellner, from Austria, and the Hungarian Abel Bodi were due to attend the private Generation Identity conference in London on Saturday. They were detained at Stansted airport the second time in a month that Sellner, the leader of Generation Identity, has been prevented from entering the UK by border officials.…

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Steve Bannon tells French far-right ‘history is on our side’

Former Trump adviser addresses Front National as Marine Le Pen attempts to relaunch her party Donald Trumps former adviser Steve Bannon has told Frances far-right Front National that, history is on our side and will bring us victory in an address to the partys conference. Announced as a surprise speaker at the event, Bannon said: You are part of a movement that is bigger than that in Italy, bigger than in Poland, bigger than in Hungary. As Bannon entered the hall to cheers and applause, the US flag was unfurled…

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Holocaust denier to become Republican nominee for Illinois congressional seat

Art Jones the sole GOP candidate for states third congressional district, according to Chicago Sun-Times Holocaust denier to become Republican nominee for Illinois congressional seat Art Jones the sole GOP candidate for third congressional district Anti-Defamation League calls Jones a long-time neo-Nazi Lois Beckett @loisbeckett Last modified on Sun 4 Feb 2018 22.17EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp reported on Sunday. The prospective candidate, Art Jones, is not a steadfast supporter of the Republican president. Ten months ago, in remarks filmed at none of the voter…

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Charlottesville: far-right crowd with torches encircles counter-protest group

People gathering to oppose Unite the Right demonstration say they were hit with pepper spray and lighter fluid in clash on University of Virginia campus Hundreds of far-right demonstrators wielded torches as they marched on to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night and reportedly attacked a much smaller group of counter-protesters who had linked arms around a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Starting at a municipal park less than a mile away, alt-right protesters who have gathered for the weekend Unite the Right rally marched in a…

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Megyn Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to air despite outcry

Network received backlash from viewers and lost advertisers over interview of Jones, who has questioned whether the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax NBC News is moving ahead with plans to air Megyn Kellys interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones this weekend despite a backlash that has cost the show advertisers and led to Kelly being dropped as host for an event by an organization founded by parents of children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school. The network has been taken aback by the response to booking Jones, the Infowars…

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Member of Portland militia-style group helps police arrest anti-fascist protester

Video footage and photos of the rightwing activist aiding officers fuel debate over the policing of a recent alt-right demonstration A rightwing protester who was filmed helping law enforcement in Portland arrest an anti-fascist activist has been identified as a member of a patriot movement militia-style group. Todd Kelsay confirmed he was the man captured in photographs and video assisting three officers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as they pinned down and apprehended the masked protester. The footage, which shows Kelsay kneeling alongside the DHS officers, and then…

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Republicans use ‘alt-right’ Portland rally to recruit new members

Efforts to encourage young conservatives to get active, led by chairman of the local Republican party, were uncovered in a recording from the rally Republicans have used a controversial alt-right rally in Portland, held in the wake of the the killing spree allegedly perpetrated by a local white supremacist in the city, to recruit new members to the party. The effort was led by James Buchal, chair of the Multnomah County Republican party, who urged attendees at the rally on Sunday to join to the GOP. Details of his efforts…

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Portland’s dark history of white supremacy

The city is known for its liberalism. But a racially charged double murder sheds light on an enduring current of militant racism Ciaran Mulloy remembers how the neo-Nazis outnumbered the anti-racists in Portland in the 90s. A union organiser and anti-fascist, he was was deeply involved in fighting against the far rights infiltration of American youth culture in the 1980s and 90s. But when he arrived in the city in 1990, he said, we were not prepared for what was out there in Portland. There were multiple gangs, and 300…

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Pepe the Frog creator kills off internet meme co-opted by white supremacists

Matt Furie concedes defeat after months of attempting to wrench back his peaceful frog-dude who had been appropriated as a racist hate symbol The creator of Pepe the Frog has symbolically killed off the cartoon frog, effectively surrendering control of the character to the far right. Matt Furie, an artist and childrens book author, created the now-infamous frog as part of his Boys Club series on MySpace in 2005. Pepe took on a life of its own online as a meme, before being eventually adopted as a symbol by the…

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