The 'Oldschool Society' came into the spotlight in 2015 when German police arrested four members of the neo-Nazi group during an ...
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German neo-Nazis charged with plans to nail-bomb refugee shelters, kill clerics
Four German members of a hardcore neo-Nazi terror cell have been charged with planning to bomb refugee shelters and assassinate Salafi clerics, media report. It comes alongside warnings by German politicians far-right violence against refugees is on the rise.
Federal prosecutor Peter Frank filed criminal charges against four suspects of a neo-Nazi terror cell called “Oldschool Society” on Wednesday, according to German media.
The four, including one woman, were referred to as Andreas H., 57, Markus W., 40, Denise Vanessa G., 23, and Olaf O., 47, in the media reports. Together, they allegedly formed the inner core of the neo-Nazi terror group. The four extremists began meeting in November 2014, well before the influx of refugees reached current record levels, and launched a Facebook group to propagate their ideas and recruit affiliates.
Their Facebook cover at the time was an infamous photo of an entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp reading “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work will make you free”), Spiegel reports. They also posted a YouTube recruitment advertisement saying, “We need every man, every woman to fight together for our homeland.”
The "Oldschool Society" also used WhatsApp and Telegram messengers for communication, and set up a clandestine HQ dubbed “Privy council.”
By May 2015, the neo-Nazi group was reportedly ready to carry out “a couple of actions” against refugee shelters, including one in the German town of Borna. It ordered its members to wear “black, casual clothes,” according to wiretapped phone conversations cited by Der Spiegel.
‘Soldiers of Odin’: Finnish anti-migrant group with ‘extremist features’ takes to patrolling streets
Far-right militia groups are assuming police functions by patrolling the streets in Finnish towns housing asylum seekers. The “Soldiers of Odin,” who always dressed in black jackets, claim they are protecting native Finns from immigrants, Reuters reports.
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Finland’s authorities have become increasingly concerned with the group’s activity, as its numbers have grown to hundreds. While it is claimed that the group is not supported by the majority of Finns, the anti-migrant, anti-Muslim group reflects the discontent of many Europeans with the continent’s unprecedented refugee crisis.
The group has around 500 members across the country, according to Finnish paper Karjalan Heili.
“We woke up to a situation where many different cultures met. It caused fear and concern in the community. We started to gather a bunch of people,” one of the organizers, Mika Ranta, told Finnish daily Aamulehti. “The biggest issue was when we learned from Facebook that new asylum seekers were peering through the gates of primary schools, looking at young girls.”
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The “Soldiers of Odin” group was named after the chief Norse god of war and death. It was founded in late 2015 in the northern town of Kemi, which is located near the border community of Tornio – a popular entry point for immigrants and refugees coming from Sweden.
Its members argue that they are the eyes and ears of the streets, since police are not doing enough to provide security to the locals.
The group accuses “Islamist intruders” for increasing crime and distributes placards reading “Migrants not welcome.”
Although pinpointing a rise in crime rates takes time, Finnish police have reported cases where “men with a foreign background” harassed women during the New Year’s celebrations in the country’s capital of Helsinki, as well as other public events during the fall season.
Police documents also reveal that reported cases of sexual harassment in Finland nearly doubled from 75 to 147 in the last four months of 2015, when compared to the same period a year ago. However, the files provide no information in terms of the ethnic background of the criminals.
The Finnish government and police have expressed concern over the “Soldiers of Odin,” which has far-right leanings and neo-Nazi supporters. The authorities fear that citizens could be inspired to take on police roles.
“There are extremist features to carrying out street patrols. It does not increase security,” Finnish Interior Minister Petteri Orpo told national broadcaster YLE last week. “Volunteers have no right to use force,” he said.
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There have been no reports of clashes between immigrants and the “Soldiers of Odin” thus far.
Peace & Love for your fellow man, the only philosophy that should be practiced. You cannot coexist with people who want to kill you.