Police smash Spanish neo-Nazi organisation

26th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

26 April 2005, MADRID — Spanish police have dismantled a major neo-Nazi organisation in an series of raids across the country.

26 April 2005

MADRID — Spanish police have dismantled a major neo-Nazi organisation in an series of raids across the country.

Twenty-one people were arrested in Madrid, Seville, Jaen, Burgos and Zaragoza. Five of those arrested are to be held in custody on the orders of a court.

The police operation — codenamed Sword — was to dismantle the Spanish arm of an international neo-Nazi organisation called Blood and Honour, which exists in many European countries including France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Hungary and the UK.

The Spanish interior minister, Jose Antonio Alonso, said that the police had smashed a "skinhead" gang of neo-Nazis.

Those arrested are accused of supporting genocide, human rights offences, trafficking in arms and holding banned meetings. Police seized two pistols, other weapons and graphic videos.  

The Spanish section of the group, which has been in existence since 1999, was accused of inciting xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and extreme violence.

They hold concerts each year on the dates of the birth of Nazi leaders Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess. They promote their cause through fanzines and other literature.

All those arrested were aged between 21 and 34.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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