Italy Says It Uncovered Plot to Create New Nazi Party

Weapons, explosives seized after 19 homes raided
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2019 2:21 AM CST
Italy Says It Uncovered Plot to Create New Nazi Party
Police released this image of seized weapons.   (Polizia di Stato)

The country that gave the world the word "fascism" says it has seized numerous weapons from suspects who were plotting to form a new Nazi party. Police in Italy say they raided the homes of 19 people who planned to create an "openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic group called the Italian National Socialist Workers' Party the BBC reports. Authorities say the suspects include a woman who called herself the "Sergeant-Major of Hitler" and a woman who called herself "Miss Hitler." "Some suspects had a vast amount of weapons and explosives at their disposal," police said in a press release.

The searches were carried out under a 1952 law that bans efforts to recreate the Fascist Party formed by dictator Benito Mussolini, CNN reports. Police say a "vast and jagged galaxy of subjects" sharing the same far-right ideology was uncovered during a two-year investigation that involved anti-terror and anti-Mafia authorities. One of the suspects has close ties to the 'Ndrangheta criminal network, police say. Investigators say the Italian suspects had been trying to form links with far-right extremist groups across Europe. (More Italy stories.)

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