Saturday, July 7, 2012

The rise of neo nazism in Europe

...Four neo-Nazi murderers hell-bent on building a 'Fourth Reich' in Germany were the biggest extremist threat seen in the country since the demise of Hitler, according to police. Neo-Nazi terrorists are responsible for a crime wave reaching back more than a decade that includes the murders of at least 10 people, including immigrant shopkeepers and a police officer.The group is also suspected in more than a dozen bank robberies and a bombing in Cologne.Bild reported that the killers had shot many of their victims in the face at point-blank range and even filmed their bloodied bodies as trophies. The "foreigner" is at fault as a rule; they are the "enemy" and have become the target of blind aggression, especially among those people who feel they are the losers in society, due to unemployment or for a lack of any promising prospects.For example, today the fascists do the dirty work by frightening away potential asylum seekers and by helping to drive ‘unwanted’ immigrants out of the country. This heated nationalist climate makes it much easier for the capitalists to divert attention from their attacks on the working class—wage cuts, firings, etc. The nightmarish scenes of broken glass, burning buildings and bleeding victims recall the Hitlerite terror of the 1930s.How was it possible that neo-Nazis, already known to be dangerous, had managed to live for more than a decade in the centre of Germany without detection? What was the role of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency, the Verfassungsschutz, in this case? Was it possible that any of the members of the National Socialist Underground were informers or otherwise known to the Federal Office? How many supporters did the group have and what were their connections to the various neo-Nazi networks that seem to be flourishing, especially in parts of the former East Germany but also in the west?What is already known is that in recent years theVerfassungsschutz in Thüringen - the state where the trio lived - had been paying a local neo-Nazi leader as an informant; and that this money apparently did more to support local extremist networks than to break them up..…Murderers, sadists, assassins, sociopaths and psychopaths all thought Hitler was a great man ...many still do.In an echo of Europe’s tortured past, Nazism, with its association with the Holocaust and horrors of the Second World War, not only survives, but in some instances is thriving.Running on nationalist and often racist platforms, far right parties have gone from the streets into government, enjoying renewed popularity on local and national levels throughout Europe. In Germany, neo-Nazis are becoming popular again despite the fact that displaying the swastika or saluting Hitler is illegal. Even so, the popularity of the extreme right is becoming so high that Germany’s neo-Nazi “National Democratic Party” (NPD) even has political seats in the German states of Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Every day in the Federal Republic of Germany there are at least two or three violent attacks by radical-right wingers.The enemy? " Foreigners", the root of all problems.After 1989 [the fall of East Germany], the number of radical-right offences and crimes of violence increased dramatically.Between 1999 and 2000 the number of racist and other far right crimes rose by 59% to 16,000 in Germany, with violent crime accounting for more than 1,000 cases, including more than 30 brutal murders of foreigners. Particularly in times of crisis, right-wing extremists and right-wing populists in many places are trying to use the fears of European citizens to promote their ‘cause’ by providing simple answers to complex social challenges. A survey released last year by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation,13% of Germans say they want a new “fuhrer” to lead the country and 14.9% agreed with the statement: “There is something special about Jews, something peculiar. They don’t really fit in with us. Today we are witnessing the resurgence of old hatreds, with the Roma, particularly in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, again scapegoated for the economic crisis.The last time racist extremism surged to the fore in Europe was in the years of the 20th Century’s Great Depression, and the targets of the Nazis were Jews, the Roma and Sinti peoples [“Gypsies”], and Slavs.Both former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched mass arrests of Sinti and Roma and expelled them from their borders. Far-Right parties are currently in government in Italy and also sit in the parliaments of Austria, Bulgaria,Belgium, Finland, Italy  Denmark, Hungary, Latvia,Slovakia,and the Baltic countries, as well as in the European Parliament.World War II brought more suffering to humanity than any other event in the 20th century. Nearly 60 million people died throughout six years.Action is urgently needed to stop history from repeating itself. "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce", said Marx.                                                                                                       German neo-Nazis helped the Palestinian terrorist organisation Black September to carry out the infamous massacre of 11 Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.Historical documents released to the magazine by the German secret service show that Dortmund police had been aware of collaboration between Palestinian terrorist Abu Daud and neo-Nazi Willi Pohl seven weeks before the attack - yet did not intervene. - OF FASCISM IN EUROPE: COUNTRY BY COUNTRY:France: The National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, won nearly 18 per cent of the vote in April's first round of presidential elections. The party is eyeing seats in June parliamentary elections.
Greece: Golden Dawn is the chief right-wing movement in the country, an openly neo-Nazi party that is one of Europe's most extreme.Right-wing extremists Golden Dawn won 6.9% of the vote and will have 21 seats in Greek ParliamentThey adopt Nazi salute and have stylised swastika as their logo.The entrance of Golden Dawn into the national parliament in Greece has sparked widespread concern about the return of nazism.In 2000, Golden Dawn symbols appeared in vandalised Jewish cemeteries in Thessaloniki and Athens, as well as in the Monastiroton synagogue, a memorial for Holocaust.
The Netherlands: The Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, is the third-largest in parliament - and brought down the minority government by withdrawing support.
Austria: The Freedom Party, having 34 of the 183 seats in parliament, is the second-strongest party in opinion polls.
England: British National Party has a policy that restricts membership to 'indigenous British people'. Ten local councillors, a fall from 50 in 2008.
Germany: The NPD has two of 16 state legislators but no seats in national parliament. Support base in former Communist east German states, where unemployment and discontent is high.
Italy:Italian fascists gaining 47 per cent of the vote last year in Rome.                                         Norway: The Progress Party holds 41 of 169 seats in parliament and is Norway's biggest opposition party. More moderate than many European counterparts.
Denmark: The Danish People's Party is the nation's third largest political organisation, and has pushed Denmark to adopt some of Europe's strictest immigration laws.
Sweden: The Sweden Democrats entered parliament in 2010 with 19 of 349 seats, but has had no major impact on legislation.
Finland: The Finns party won 19 per cent of parliamentary election votes in 2011 - up from four per cent four years earlier.
Hungary: Jobbik won nearly 17 per cent of the 2010 vote, and is one of two leading opposition parties.The conservative Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban has passed laws restricting civil rights and basic freedoms that go against the country's EU membership......Could fascist politics in Europe be on the rise again?Neo-nazism seems to be going increasingly global, with groups in different European countries and the US building increasingly strong alliances.                                                          
                                                                                                   File: Rijen van lichamen van dode gevangenen vullen de tuin van Lager Nordhausen, een Gestapo concentratie camp.jpg 1457639970_c5943b0c3c1.jpg........The Balkans Chronicles -archives-