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Nazi paraphernalia seized by Italian police

Italy uncovers plot to create new Nazi party

In end of large-scale investigation, Italian police arrest multiple far-right activists and seize large amounts of weaponry; group believed to be linked with extremist groups abroad

Reuters |
Updated: 11.28.19 , 17:56
Italian police said on Thursday they uncovered a plot to form a new Nazi party and seized a cache of weapons during searches across the country.
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  • Police in 16 towns and cities from the Mediterranean island of Sicily to the Alps in northern Italy took part in the investigation, which was launched two years ago.
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    Nazi paraphernalia seized by Italian police
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The probe revealed a "huge and varied array of subjects, residents in different places, united by the same ideological fanaticism and willing to create an openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic and anti-Semitic movement", a police statement said.
    Police did not say how many people joined the group or how many arrests were made. Defense of fascism and efforts to revive fascist parties are considered a crime in Italy.
    Anti-government protests in Bolivian capital of La PazAnti-government protests in Bolivian capital of La Paz
    Weapons seized by Italian police
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The new party was called the Italian National Socialist Party of Workers and police showed off a range of Nazi paraphernalia, including swastikas and pictures of Adolf Hitler seized during searches of 19 properties.
    They also found a large number of weapons, including pistols, hunting rifles and crossbows.
    The group had forged links with extremist groups abroad, including Portugal, Britain and France, police said.
    Police found in July a large stash of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, linked to far-right extremists, while in November two men connected to another group of Nazi sympathizers were arrested on suspicion of planning to attack a mosque.

    First published: 17:56 , 11.28.19
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