The Headlines: March 1st Update

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GPAHE Brings You the Latest News in Far-Right Hate and Extremism

NEW from GPAHE: Neo-Nazis Celebrate the Release and then Call for Violence after the Re-Arrest of Rise Above Movement and Active Club Founder Robert Rundo

Robert Rundo is the founder of the neo-Nazi Rise Above Movement (RAM), based in Southern California, and the inspiration for the transnational Active Club movement. He has great influence in neo-Nazi networks and support on a global scale. The Active Clubs network Rundo inspired, which pushes neo-Nazi beliefs and physical training, has grown both online and offline, culminating in the creation of almost 150 chapters worldwide as of late 2023.

GPAHE has been tracking and analyzing the rapid growth of Active Clubs. The violent reaction to Rundo’s re-arrest and calls for mass destruction in light of it are deeply troubling. To understand how these groups utilize social media platforms to promote and endorse this violence and neo-Nazi ideology, read our full piece here. 

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Common Dreams: Trump Is the Heritage Foundation’s Instrument to Bring Orbánism to the US 

“Former President Donald Trump, a genuine and frightening threat to our democracy himself, is just Heritage’s instrument, or God’s instrument, depending on who’s talking, to implement Project 2025. Roberts and the Heritage Foundation see Trump not for his policies, but as a means to embed Orbán’s oppressive ideology within the U.S. political framework.”

GPAHE’s take: GPAHE has called out The Heritage Foundation’s ambition to institutionalize Orbánism in the US, masquerading it as “Trumpism.” In this op-ed, our co-founders, Wendy Via and Heidi Beirich, dissect Project 2025, revealing its true aim is to erode democratic norms and civil liberties inspired by Hungary’s authoritarian shift under Viktor Orbán. This analysis challenges Heritage’s narrative and illuminates the profound implications of Project 2025 for democracy and human rights in the U.S. 

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Searchlight: Far-right and nazis mobilise on Madrid streets 

“A narrow victory for Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his allies has brought a coalition of conservatives, populists and open nazis onto Madrid’s streets…Isabel Peralta, a 21-year-old history student, has been seen regularly at the violent demonstrations outside the headquarters of Sánchez’s party in Calle de Ferraz.”

GPAHE’s take: Far-right groups fostering connections across the EU, particularly the ties made between Peralta’s fascist group in Spain, Sección de Asalto (Assault Section), and the militant neo-Nazi group of Germany, Dritte Weg, are cause for great concern. We’ve profiled Dritte Weg in our Germany report and have expanded our extremist symbols database to continue tracking the movement and growth of these transnational far-right groups. 

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El Nacional: Chega, the far-right party that is becoming strong in the electoral race in Portugal 

“‘Chega is a deeply anti-immigration, anti-gypsy and anti-LGBTQ party…They demonize immigrants. Their leaders, including their charismatic leader André Ventura, have said horrible things about Romanians, calling them a security problem, among other things,” Beirich continued, adding: “Ventura has also talked about things like the great replacement conspiracy theory, which is a white supremacist idea, that immigrants will replace some kind of native Portuguese in Portugal.’”

GPAHE’s take: Portugal is not immune to the far-right movement creeping across the EU. GPAHE has profiled this rise of the far-right in our Portugal Country report, and most recently, we’ve reported on one anti-Muslim group’s violent resurgence in Portugal.

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