A Neo-Nazi group is believed to be active in the Granite City says campaign group Hope not Hate. Aberdeen has been named as one of six cities in the UK to house the Hitler-loving group System Resistance Network (SRN). A report done by the advocacy group which campaigns against racism and fascism have released a report detailing the SRA and their whereabouts who are believed to have come from remnants of banned anti-Semitic group National Action (NA) who also celebrated the Nazi regime.
Currently it is believed that the group based in the north east only holds 10 memberships and considering their prospects for the year, are likely to fizzle out.
Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart said: “I would urge anyone who comes across any group which promotes racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia or any other hate speech, to please report them to Police Scotland so appropriate investigations can be made.
“Aberdeen is a multicultural, welcoming city and we will not stand for hatred of minority groups.”
This comes after neo-Nazi Connor War was given a life sentence for plotting terrorist attacks on mosques. He argued to have his sentence lessened in December 2018. Ward, 25, had acquired components for potential bombs and was in possession of rocket tubes which could have been used to fire projectiles. The Islamophobic man was also discovered to have had tens of thousands of materials downloaded from the internet relating to fire arms and survival techniques along with files containing extreme right-wing propaganda and military tactics. He had also started to write a book entitled ‘Combat 18 British Mosque Address book (Combat 18 is an extreme British right-wing parliamentary group).
The now banned group believed to have inspired SRN, the NA, which at its height had between 70 and 100 members – mainly made up of young people aged 15-29. Only 10 have been convicted or admitted their part in the terrorist group. The group was founded in 2013 and were acutely secretive. The group who were the first far-right group to be proscribed since World War II were primarily banned for their plan to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper – but they also were part of some very public demonstrations such as protesting at the Nelson Mandela statue in London and defacing it with a banana. One of the Hitler promoting group’s aims were to reintroduce Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 which stated that local authority "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship". The act was in place in England, Wales and Scotland but was repealed in June 2000 as one of the first pieces of legislation enacted by the Scottish Government. The rest of the UK followed suit in 2003.
The group, significantly populated with youngsters, targeted 12 different universities with their propaganda. In an interview with The National Student an anonymous member explained the reasoning behind this, "Very soon they are going to find out just how hard the system has screwed them – if they knew what we know now we would have an army.
The last Labour government aspired to send 50% of 18- to 21-year-olds to university and the total student population has grown exponentially over the past decade. That is 50% of youth who are going to be very angry burger flippers
This year will be a reign of terror".
He went on to describe those who are in interracial relationships as "pathetic internet nerds who can't get laid and STD-infested sluts".
In 2016 the NA took their whites-only soup kitchen to Aberdeen and posted videos online of themselves on the beach boulevard posing in Nazi salute as they burned an ‘I’m with Nicola’ SNP flag.