Italian police launch crackdown on neo-Nazi Internet group Stormfront

ROME (JTA) – Italian police launched a widespread operation against the  neo-Nazi Internet hate organization Stormfront.

On Thursday, police searched the homes of 35 people aged 17-51 in more than  20 towns and cities up and down the Italian peninsula on suspicion of spreading  ideas on the Internet “based on racial and ethnic hatred and incitement to  commit acts of discrimination and violence for racist and ethnic reasons.”

Police also uncovered weapons and a swastika flag in the home of a man in  Mantova, and they confiscated at least one anti-Semitic video, according to  reports.

“This is a dangerous organization under an ideological profile that finds its  roots in a historical period that apparently seems distant,” prosecutor  Giancarlo Capaldo told a news conference. “We must deal with the ideological  extremism that is stirring in Europe.”

Renzo Gattegna, president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, issued  a statement expressing “warm thanks” to the forces of order for the “massive”  crackdown.

Thursday’s operation came one year after another widespread operation against  Stormfront in which police blocked the Italian version of the group’s website  and arrested four people on charges of inciting racial and ethnic hatred and  anti-Semitism. They also raided the homes of 17 others, confiscating fascist and  neo-Nazi material.

From the JTA Telegraph  14.11.13

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