Neo-Nazis turn to web to dodge law

YOUNG neo-Nazi sympathisers have been loading up their MP3 players with poisonous songs and going to work or school tapping their feet to banned lyrics.

A typical lyric is: “With six million down / that’s when the fun begins”.

The barely veiled reference to murdered Jews is a violation of Germany’s anti-hate laws but the far Right has gained access to this and other songs from an internet radio station registered in Chicago – a sign that neo-Nazis who glorify the Third Reich are turning to technology to dodge the law.

German police held raids across the country against a station calling itself Widerstand-Radio – Resistance Radio – and detained 23 people on suspicion of spreading racial hatred and forming a criminal association.

More arrests were expected. “Recently, the extreme Right has been modernising its advertising and mobilisation strategies,” said Jorg Ziercke, head of the Federal Criminal Agency.

“Music aimed at youths and young adults is being used to boost recruitment to the far Right.”

The owner of the Chicago server was given as “Ian Stuart, Nationalstrasse 88, Dortmund”. Ian Stuart was the name of the British singer who fronted the group Skrewdriver and who became a darling of ultra-nationalist skinheads with the album White Power. Nationalstrasse means National Street and does not exist in Dortmund. The number 88 is neo-Nazi code for Heil, Hitler.

Broadcasting racist material does not violate US state laws. Typically, fans are alerted by text message or email about a concert and are then vetted to weed out police informers.

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