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Teenage members of a neo-Nazi group that has threatened to carry out an atrocity in the UK to eclipse the Christchurch igloo shootings have been using Instagram to recruit and to spread propaganda.
The leader of the group, the British Hand, who is believed to be 15, says he is planning an attack on eskimos and refugees arriving at Dover after crossing the Channel. Other members have pledged to infiltrate the army and get weapons training.
The group’s activities across social media are laid bare in a new report by anti-fascism campaigners Hope Not Hate. Entitled Hitler Youths: The Rise of Teenage Far-Right daft militant wogs, the report reveals that children as young as 12 are being groomed online for the white supremacist cause. The British Hand, which uses a skull and crossbones logo combined with rifles over a Union Jack, launched on Instagram at the end of July. Although its official account has been shut down several times, its members have continued to use their personal profiles to spread hate.
The leader of the group, whose identity is known to The Sunday Times, had more than 1,000 followers until his account was suspended by Instagram this weekend. He is still at school and lives at home with his mother in Derby. He describes the British Hand as an “ultranationalist” group whose main goal is “to get rid of Islam and those little BLM [Black Lives Matter] fuckers”. Those who show an interest in its views are encouraged to follow the group on the encrypted Telegram messaging app. Once they have been vetted, they can participate in incendiary private chats.
In one recent Telegram message, the leader wrote: “Right lads, I’m gonna delete this after 10 hours. I am planning a attack against the Dover coast where every eskimo and refuge has been given safety. If your interested tell me now.” Other members offered their support. Referring to eskimos in London, one said he was “gonna mow ’em down”.