As a mob stormed the United States Capitol last week, far-right extremists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis around the world shared the hatred and hailed the violence. Now, experts warn that attacks like the one in last week’s U.S. Congress or trial assault on the German parliament in August it could be carried out in the coming days.
Wednesday, when the House voted to prosecute him second time without precedent, Trump issued a statement urging calm. “In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there be NO violence, NO violations of the law and NO vandalism of any kind. … I call on ALL Americans to help relieve tensions and calm the storms.” , he wrote.
But for extremists facing chaos in the United States, this message may be too late. Samantha Kutner, a fellow at the Khalifa Ihler Institute, told BuzzFeed News that the world’s far-right groups see the uprising as “a massive recruitment effort” and “a struggle to protect white supremacy.” .
Since the uprising, BuzzFeed News has monitored the social media accounts of nearly three dozen right-wing extremist groups and leaders outside the United States. Members of extremist groups including the Scandinavian Nordic Resistance Movement, CasaPound Italia, the Ukrainian Azov movement, and the Australian and British Proud Boys, as well as those in lesser known but no less dangerous entities, have called for more bloodshed.
A neo-Nazi channel of the messaging application Telegram called on its hundreds of subscribers to take up arms and “enjoy the deadly carnival that is coming.”
Another channel on this platform shared a post telling its thousands of followers to start believing in their “accelerated fantasies” because “you’re in one”.
Other extremists on Telegram and Gab, another popular social network among the far right, promoted a “Million Militiamen” on January 20 and urged supporters to join the armed marches in the state capitals. departed on Saturday.
Although major social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have begun to crack down on accounts associated with Trump supporters and far-right extremists, and Apple and Google left the Parler platform entirely friendly to the right, leaving countless violent and threatening messages.
“I hope that far-right foreign groups will feel encouraged by January 6,” said Cynthia Miller-Idriss, an extremist researcher and author of Hate in the Fatherland, he told BuzzFeed News. “Following the failed attack of the far right on the German parliament four months ago, this is, for the global far right, an example of ‘success’ and will be celebrated as a victory by many groups.”
In August, during a demonstration in Berlin against that of the German government coronavirus-relation restrictions, hundreds of rights the protesters crossed a barrier and tried to assault the country’s legislature. While it was shocking, the police managed to repel the crowd in a few minutes.
Since January 6, most extremist channels have grown to tens if not hundreds of members, many of whom have begun sharing the messages of others for the first time.
Jason Blazakis, senior Research Fellow at the Soufan Center, told BuzzFeed News that some coordination between overseas right-wing extremists and U.S.-based extremists has existed for so long. But after last week’s uprising, “those connections may be hardening because of what is perceived as a success by the far right,” he said.
Sergei Korotkikh, a Belarusian-born neo-Nazi and leader of the Azov movement in Ukraine, whom the State Department has branded as a nationalist hatred group, has hailed the attack in racist terms on its channel Telegram. “The whites finally decided to act and take the Capitol building,” he wrote to his nearly 23,000 followers. “That’s good, even if this time it can’t lead to anything. But I think that gives us a case. Whites are always there 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 in the last five years to grow ties with white European and American supremacists. One of them is white American supremacist Robert Rundo of the violent Rise Above Movement. Rundo and other RAM members were involved in the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. At least one of Rundo’s RAM cohorts, Vincent James Foxx, was he remembers seen at the revolt of the Capitol.
Rundo, however, was not here. Now living in Serbia to avoid persecution in the United States for alleged crimes in Charlottesville and California, he has encouraged violence from his Telegram channel, saying the unrest could advance white supremacy.
“Many of us have spoken endlessly about opportunities like what we see today. For those who have never wanted to take a position … today could be that day,” he wrote to his more than 4,000 subscribers.
It was a sentiment represented by one of his close associates, Russian mixed martial arts fighter and neo-Nazi Denis Nikitin, who lives in Ukraine. Nikitin, who his clothing company White Rex is popular among white nationalists in the US, compared the revolt to a 1925 Ku Klux Klan march on Pennsylvania Avenue.
While it seems that international extremists will provide only moral support to those in the United States, Blazakis said they will soon be able to provide more than that.
“I may see overseas actors providing material support to far-right US-based actors in the future – if that hasn’t already happened,” he said. “Because there are no far-right terrorist groups sanctioned by the U.S. government, there is nothing to stop the flow of funds from happening. This is a major vulnerability.”
Kutner found U.S.-based extremist groups raising money to help participants involved in the insurgency. BuzzFeed News has seen at least four far-right foreign accounts in Telegram share links to those crowdfunding campaigns.
Miller-Idriss said that unless U.S. authorities held the Capitol riots and those who incited him, including Trump, to count, more bloodshed was possible – in the U.S. and in the United States. abroad.
“It is absolutely essential to send a strong message that this type of violence is treacherous and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.