A far-right group is using an unregulated social media platform to create neo-Nazi channels dedicated to share vile messages, antisemitic conspiracy theories and images glorifying Hitler. An investigation by Scottish news site The Ferret found over 2,000 messages swapped by members of Patriotic Alternative on Telegram.
One message said: “I’m Ayran, then Scottish personally. It’s really easy in my eyes to dismiss British identity aka our culture being banned by the English? Now, the Jews were behind that. They were also behind many of the historic reasons many justify Scots being Brits. The Irish famine and subsequent population transfers was a Jewish thing too.”
Another stated: “White folk need to be having more kids. The enemy have done a good job of brainwashing our professionals in particular to put career over family. Those that get the snip young like that are essentially anti-whites in my book.”
One member posted images of himself holding what appears to be an automatic weapon alongside swastika flags and photos of Adolf Hitler and commented that: “Zyklon B was a delousing agent”, in an apparent denial of the gas chambers used to murder Jews during the Holocaust.
The Ferret further reported that the group is recruiting young members by offering camping trips and paint gun sessions.
Recently it was reported that the group, headed by ex-BNP member Mark Collett, published an “alternative” home-curriculum full of “hateful” speech described by one MP as “poison”. Mr Collett is reported to have dabbled in Holocaust denial, collaborated with the infamous American antisemite David Duke, and reportedly said in a Channel 4 documentary that he “admires Hitler”.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Patriotic Alternative is a fascist organisation that targets recruits, including youth, with racist indoctrination. With police warning that the far-right poses the fastest-growing terrorist threat to Britain, it is gravely concerning that this organisation is able to use Telegram to amplify its message. These messages, which include Holocaust denial, neo-Nazi imagery and antisemitic and racist tropes have only one aim of peddling hatred and must be must be met with zero-tolerance law enforcement. It never takes long for these far-right groups to pose a threat to the public, therefore we urge police to act swiftly.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism has been monitoring and acting against the threat from the far-right for years and continues to support the authorities following suit.