Like a a crowd stormed the United States Capitol last week, far-right extremists, white supremacists and neo-Nazis around the world spread hatred and encouraged violence. Now, experts warn of attacks like last week in the U.S. Congress or the attempts assault on the German parliament in August it could take place in the coming days.
On Wednesday, while the House voted to charge him with one second time unprecedented, Trump issued a statement urging calm. “In light of the reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there be no violence, transgression of the law and no vandalism. … I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm the storms, ”he wrote.
But for extremists watching the chaos in the United States, this message may be too late. Samantha Kutner, a member of the Khalifa Ihler Institute, told BuzzFeed News that far-right groups around the world see the insurgency as “a massive recruitment effort” and “a struggle to protect white supremacy.”
Since the insurgency, BuzzFeed News has monitored the social media accounts of nearly three dozen far-right extremist groups and leaders outside the U.S. Members of extremist groups such as the Scandinavian Nordic Resistance Movement, CasaPound Italy, the Ukrainian Azov movement, and the Australian and British Proud Boys, as well as those of lesser known but no less dangerous entities, have called for more blood to be shed.
A neo-Nazi channel of the messaging application Telegram invited its hundreds of subscribers to take up arms and “enjoy the next deadly carnival.”
Another such channel on the platform shared a post telling its thousands of followers to start believing in their “accelerationist fantasies” because “you’re in one”.
Other extremists from Telegram and Gab, another popular social network among the far right, promoted a “Million Million March” on January 20 and urged supporters to join armed marches in the capitals of the United States. been from Saturday.
Although major social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have begun removing accounts associated with Trump supporters and far-right extremists, and apple i Google dropped the Parler platform, a friend of the far right, completely, there are countless violent and nefarious messages.
“I hope foreign far-right groups feel encouraged by Jan. 6,” said Cynthia Miller-Idriss, an extremist researcher and author of Hatred of the fatherland, he told BuzzFeed News. “After the failed attack of the far right in the German parliament four months ago, this is, for the world far right, an example of ‘success’ that many groups will celebrate as a victory.”
In August, during a demonstration in Berlin against the German government coronavirusrelated restrictions, hundreds of rights the protesters broke down a barrier and tried to storm the country’s legislature. Despite being shocking, police managed to repel the crowd within minutes.
Since January 6, most extremist channels have grown by dozens, if not hundreds, of members, many of whom have begun sharing their messages for the first time.
Jason Blazakis, a senior researcher at the Soufan Center, told BuzzFeed News that there has long been some coordination between far-right extremists abroad and U.S.-based extremists. But after last week’s uprising, “these connections may be hardened because of what is considered a success for the far right,” he said.
Sergei Korotkikh, a neo-Nazi of Belarusian descent and leader of the Ukrainian azov movement, which the State Department has described as a nationalist hatred group, encouraged the attack in racist terms on its Telegram channel. “Whites have finally decided to act and seize the Capitol building,” he wrote to his nearly 23,000 followers. “That’s good, although this time it may not lead us to anything. But I think that gives us Whites are still here and we know what to do.”
In another post, Korotkikh shared an image in red, white, and blue text that said “Make the United States Hate Again.”
Azov has worked hard over the last five years to grow links with white European and American supremacists. One of them is the American white supremacist Robert Rundo, of the violent Rise Above Movement. Rundo and other members of RAM participated in the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. At least one of Rundo’s RAM cohorts, Vincent James Foxx, was as supposed seen in the Capitol riot.
Rundo, however, was not there. Currently living in Serbia to avoid trials in the U.S. for alleged crimes in Charlottesville and California, he encouraged violence from his Telegram channel, saying the riots could advance white supremacy.
“Many of us have talked endlessly about opportunities like the ones we are seeing today. For those who have never wanted to take a stand … today could be that day, “he wrote to his more than 4,000 subscribers.
It was a feeling echoed by one of his closest comrades, Russian mixed martial arts fighter and neo-Nazi Denis Nikitin, who lives in Ukraine. Nikitin, the White Rex clothing company popular among white U.S. nationalists, compared the riot to a 1925 Ku Klux Klan march on Pennsylvania Avenue.
While it seems that for now international extremists are only providing moral support to the United States, Blazakis said they could soon contribute more than that.
“I can see foreign actors providing material support to far-right actors based in the United States in the future, if that’s not happening,” he said. “Because there are no far-right terrorist groups sanctioned by the U.S. government, there is nothing to prevent this flow of funding from occurring. This is a major vulnerability.”
Kutner found U.S.-based extremist groups raising money to help participants involved in the insurgency. BuzzFeed News saw that at least four foreign far-right accounts in Telegram shared links to these crowdfunding campaigns.
Miller-Idriss said that unless U.S. authorities detain Capitol riot police and those who incite them, including Trump, more bloodshed could be made, both in the U.S. and abroad.
“It is absolutely imperative to send a strong message that this type of violence is treacherous and will be prosecuted to the extent of the law,” he said.