As a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol last week, right-wing extremists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis around the world spread hatred and rejoiced in violence. Now, experts warn that attacks like last week in the U.S. Congress or the trial start of the German parliament in August may be carried in the coming days.
On Wednesday, as the House voted to impeach him nothing has happened in the second, Trump issued a statement urging calm. “According to reports of numerous demonstrations, I am urged that there should be NO harassment, NO breaking the law and NO any kind of harassment.… I call on ALL Americans to help ease tension and calm anger. , ”He wrote.
But for extremists watching the unrest in the United States unfold, that message may be too late. Samantha Kutner, a fellow at the Khalifa Ihler Institute, told BuzzFeed News that right-wing groups around the world view the uprising as “a vigorous recruitment effort” and “fighting to to protect white supremacy. “
Since the uprising, BuzzFeed News has tracked the social media accounts of nearly three dozen right-wing extremist groups and leaders outside the U.S.. Members of extremist groups including the Scandinavian Nordic Resistance Movement, CasaPound Italy, the Azov movement in Ukraine, and the Australian and British Proud Boys, as well as lesser -known but less dangerous entities, called that a lot of blood would be shed.
A neo-Nazi channel on the messenger app Telegram has called on hundreds of subscribers to take up arms and “cheer on the upcoming deadly carnival.”
Another such platform channel shared a post telling thousands of followers to start trusting their “acceleration fantasies” because “you’re a you.”
Other extremists Telegram and Gab, also a social network popular on the right, promoted a “Million Militia March” on January 20 and urged supporters to join the armed marches in the state capitals starting Saturday.
Even if major social media companies like Facebook and Twitter start deleting accounts associated with Trump supporters and right -wing extremists, and Apple and Google fell the breadth of Parler’s far -right and friendly platform throughout, countless violent and evil messages were left.
“I expect foreign right and right groups to feel strong on January 6,” said Cynthia Miller-Idriss, an extremist researcher and author of Hate in the Homeland, told BuzzFeed News. “After the failed right-wing attack on the German parliament four months ago, it is for the top of the world, an example of ‘success’ and celebrated as a victory by many groups.”
In August, during a demonstration in Berlin against the German government coronavirus-with related restrictions, hundreds of right wing Protesters broke through a barrier and tried to invade the country’s legislature. While shocked, police were able to disperse the men within minutes.
Since Jan. 6, the majority of the extremist channel has grown to dozens if not hundreds of members, most of whom have started sharing messages with each other for the first time.
Jason Blazakis, a senior Research Fellow at the Soufan Center, told BuzzFeed News that some coordination between right -wing extremists abroad and U.S. -based extremists has been around for a long time. But after last week’s insurrection, “those connections may be hardened because of what is considered a consequence for the far right,” he said.
Sergei Korotkikh, a Belarus-born neo-Nazi and leader of the Azov movement in Ukraine, has been branded by the State Department as a nationalist group that hates attacks on racist words on his Telegram channel. “The whites, in the end, decided to take action and seize the Capitol building,” he wrote to nearly 23,000 followers. “It’s good, even if at this hour it doesn’t deliver anything. But I think it gives us a chance. The whites are still here and we know what to do.”
In another post, Korotkikh shared an image with red, white, and blue text that read, “Make America Hate Again.”
Azov has worked hard over the past five years to improve relations with white supremacists in Europe and America. One of them is American white supremacist Robert Rundo of the violent Rise Above Movement. Rundo and other RAM members participated in the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. At least one of Rundo’s RAM teammates, Vincent James Foxx, was reportedly seen in the chaos at the Capitol.
However, Rundo was not there. Now living in Serbia to avoid U.S. prosecution of alleged crimes in Charlottesville and California, he hailed the violence from his Telegram channel, saying the unrest could advance white supremacy.
“Many of us have never been talking for moments like the one we see today. For those who want to stand up… now may be the day, ”he wrote to more than 4,000 subscribers.
That’s the sentiment echoed by one of his close associates, Russian mixed martial arts fighter and neo-Nazi Denis Nikitin, who lives in Ukraine. Nikitin, whose clothing company is White Rex popular among white nationalists in the United States, compared the riot to a 1925 Ku Klux Klan March on Pennsylvania Avenue.
While as though even international extremists for now only provide moral support to those in the United States, Blazakis said they will soon be able to provide more than that.
“I see overseas artists providing material support to left -wing U.S. -based artists in the future – if that hasn’t already happened,” he said. “Because there are no right -wing terrorist groups allowed by the U.S. government, nothing can stop the completion of the financial flow. This is a huge weakness.”
Kutner found U.S.-based extremist groups raising money to help participants involved in the uprising. BuzzFeed News has seen at least four foreign right -wing Telegram accounts sharing links to crowdfunding campaigns.
Miller-Idriss recounts that if U.S. authorities don’t crack down on Capitol mobs and those who instigated them, including Trump, a lot of blood could be shed-in the U.S. and abroad.
“It is very important to send a strong message that this different kind of violence is treacherous and will be prosecuted,” he said.