Italian police announced on Monday they had broken up an online neo-Nazi group dedicated to antisemitic and racist propaganda that encouraged young people to carry out extreme acts of violence against Jews and foreigners.
Italian postal police and Carabinieri paramilitary police said individuals aged between 26 and 62 were allegedly involved in the group.
What caused the crackdown?
Twelve people were present on Facebook and Russian social network VK under the name, “Ordine Ario Romano,” which is believed to be a reference to the racist writings of fascist author Julius Evola, a Carabinieri police statement said.
The group’s social media postings were “inspired by Nazi, antisemitic and Holocaust-denial ideologies, as well as by anti-Jewish conspiracy theories,” the statement added…
…Under investigation since 2019, the 12 suspects belonged to “an antisemitic and racist group particularly active on social media,” Lamorgese added.
The crackdown included blacking out the networks website, which claims to have over 17,000 members, including many users abroad.
Police said the 12-person hate group, along with help from members of a Portugese far-right political movement, was in the early stages of planning an attack on an unnamed NATO facility using homemade explosives…