Neo-Nazi groups increasing as immigration rises
28 February 2006, MADRID — Rising immigration in Spain has acted as a recruiting agent for a growing neo-Nazi movement, a police chief said.
28 February 2006
MADRID — Rising immigration in Spain has acted as a recruiting agent for a growing neo-Nazi movement, a police chief said.
Javier Fernández, head of the Provincial Information Brigade of the Nacional Police, said it was thought there were between 11,000 and 15,000 young people involved in different neo-Nazi groups.
He said these groups were using increasingly sophisticated methods of organisation, which made it harder for police to control them.
Fernádez said they were extending throughout major cities where the police and Civil Guard were less equipped to monitor their activities.
He made his observations at the launch of the book Diario de un Skin (Diary of a Skinhead) by Antonio Salas.
Salas' book detailed how he infiltrated a neo-Nazi group.
Fernández said many groups recruit teenagers aged between 13 and 14 while they are at college.
Police have seized "numerous" fire arms and weapons from these groups as well as racist propaganda.
Some is printed and published in Colombia to evade Spanish laws on reproducing racist literature.
Fernández said some sports clubs were thought to be recruiting grounds for neo-Nazis.
Esteban Ibarra, of the Movement Against Intolerance, said neo-Nazi groups were present in 150 towns throughout Spain and have links to international organisations.
He claimed they are responsible for 4,000 attacks every year, principally on immigrants.
Ibarra urged the government to take stronger measures against racist groups and to introduce more thorough education programmes to stop neo-Nazi ideology from circulating through schools.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news