Police in Italy have arrested twelve neo-Nazis who allegedly called for attacks on Jews and plotted to bomb a NATO site.
A Carabinieri Police statement said that those involved ranged from ages 26 to 62 and went under the name “Ordine Ario Romano” on Facebook and the Russian social network VK.
The group were said to have posted content “inspired by Nazi, antisemitic and Holocaust-denial ideologies, as well as by anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.” This extended to calling for attacks against Jews and foreigners.
Along with far-right inviduals from Portugal, they were also planning an attack on a NATO site by using homemade explosives.
They have been charged with “criminal association aimed at spreading propaganda” and “incitement with ethnic and racial discrimination motives.” They are also required to regularly check in with the police whilst the investigation is under way.
One of the individuals who is being investigated by the police is Francesca Rizzi, a 39-year-old woman previously investigated for “far-right extremism”.
Ms Rizzi has a Nazi eagle and swastika tattooed on her back and won a “Miss Hitler” contest which was organised by the VK network.