Czech Neo-Nazis say they want to "enforce the law" - even as they break it
Street patrols by "national militias" have been taking place since the beginning of the summer in the Czech Republic. The groups are centered around the North Bohemian town of Most and model themselves after the "Soldiers of Odin" group in Finland.
Members of these groups say they want to protect Czech citizens from immigrants, primarily Muslim ones, and monitor compliance with Czech laws. However, they themselves frequently have criminal records and include active neo-Nazis.
The founders of the Czech branch of "Soldiers of Odin", Miroslav Horáček and Martin Šašala, deny that their group is connected with the neo-Nazi scene. However, Antifa.cz, the website of Anti-Fascist Action in the Czech Republic, has assembled proof of the fact that the founders have given the Nazi salute on past occasions and have tatooes that read "Rahowa" (Racial Holy War).
According to information reported by news server Lidovky.cz, the Czech branch of "Soldiers of Odin" has approximately 50 active members and more are joining. "We are beginning to collaborate with other towns and we can already say there will be many more of us in future," Šašala told Lidovky.cz.
We're from the North (of Bohemia)!
The connections made by the group between bloated Czech nationalism, the Nazi salute, and references to an ancient Germanic deity might seem quite absurd to some, but it's enough for the "Soldiers of Odin" that their core group is based in Most, a town in the north of the Czech Republic. "They're playing around with having the right to use Nordic mythodology and terminology because they are from the north. They've been playing with this a long time and I am not surprised that it's caught on," expert on extremism Miroslav Mareš explained to Lidovky.cz.
Besides the town of Most, the "Soldiers of Odin" have also been on patrol in Teplice, a Czech spa town with a large Arab clientele. The self-appointed militia said at the beginning of June that they would be "protecting" the "Czech people" from "Muslim immigrants" there.
"They came here, photographed themselves, and left. I don't understand at all why they turned up in Teplice exactly. They won't find any refugees in the park here," Michal Chrdle, director of the Teplice Municipal Police, told news server iDNES.cz with amazement.
According to data from the Czech Interior Ministry, during 2015 a total of 71 persons were granted asylum in the Czech Republic, only 13 of whom are from war-torn Syria. Another 399 were granted so-called additional protection, most of whom are from Ukraine.
- USA: Neo-Nazis, racist KKK clash with opponents in California at demonstration, nine hospitalized
- Czech President calls DSSS party neo-Nazis, they say he parrots them on issue of migrants
- Cyprus: Orthodox Church leader welcomes election of neo-Nazi MPs
- Germany: British neo-Nazis tweet photo of themselves giving the Nazi salute at Buchenwald
- Austrian neo-Nazi massacres festival-goers
- Czech Republic: Five charged for neo-Nazi assault on demonstration in favor of receiving refugees
- Czech Republic: Neo-Nazis try to provoke local Roma in Přerov during 1 May protest
- Czech Republic: 2 000 demonstrate against racism in Prague after neo-Nazis graffiti "HateFree" cafés
- European Parliament is financing neo-Nazis even after rules change
- Czech Republic: Seven-year anniversary of neo-Nazi arson attack on Romani family home in Vítkov
- Czech Republic: Handful of neo-Nazis demonstrate in Vítkov to raise money for racist arsonists who attacked Romani family there
- Belgium: Neo-Nazis assault memorial ceremony in center of Brussels for victims of terrorist attacks
- Germany: Neo-Nazis and populists march in Berlin waving fake Third Reich flags and those of Russia
- František Kostlán: Neo-Nazis and the "optimists" are not equivalents, all democrats should oppose extremism
- Czech Police say man with no mask at scene of masked neo-Nazi attack was an anti-conflict officer
- Czech Republic: Xenophobic populists criticize Merkel and migration, neo-Nazis throw Molotov cocktails and rocks
- Analysis: Czech court convicts neo-Nazis as an organized group for the first time in history
- Czech riot police intervene against violent anti-COVID measure demonstrators
- Conspiracy theorists, disinformation followers and football hooligans to protest Czech Govt COVID-19 measures tomorrow in Prague
- Slovak media and NGOs welcome conviction of right-wing extremist
- Slovak politician gets 4 months and 4 years for establishing a movement to suppress human rights, he appeals
- Czech Senate elections won by "Mayors" party, xenophobic rhetoric scored no votes, owner of disinformation tabloid not reseated
- Czech poll finds 30 % of the public does not want Romani children in mainstream classes and does want them to be segregated
- Czech Interior Ministry: Ultranationalist party attempted to spark anti-Romani sentiment, extremists and xenophobes spread disinformation about COVID-19
- Czech court upholds suspended sentence for man who called for non-white first-graders to be gassed to death
- Czech Senate election: Romani candidate says right-wing extremists could take power unless people vote for their competitors
- Finland's Supreme Court dissolves Finnish branch of international neo-Nazi group
- Slovak Prosecutor says party head clearly used neo-Nazi symbolism so his followers would know his views
- German police officers who joined neo-Nazi groups online are being disciplined and dismissed in one state