Italian police break up online neo-Nazi group

ROME — Italian police have dismantled a neo-Nazi group that allegedly spread antisemitic and racist propaganda on social media, police say.

The group, consisting of 12 people between the ages of 26 and 62, was present on Facebook and the Russian social network VK under the name “Ordine Ario Romano,” a Carabinieri police statement says.

Posting content “inspired by Nazi, anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denial ideologies, as well as by anti-Jewish conspiracy theories,” the group called for violence against Jews and foreigners, the statement adds.

They were also in the early stages of planning an attack against an unnamed NATO site using homemade explosives, with the help of fellow far-righters from Portugal, police say.

They have been charged with criminal association aimed at spreading propaganda, and incitement with ethnic and racial discrimination motives, and are ordered to regularly report to police while the investigation against them continues.

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