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In recent far-right news

Police in London have arrested 179 members of anti-immigrant group the English Defence League, after members of this group were planning a violent attack on Occupy LSX protesters outside St. Paul's, in the name of defending God and Country and bringing to bear the old ultra-violence against some "Cultural Marxists". I imagine that outspoken EDL fellow traveller Anders Breivik would have approved:
The English Defence League had issued statements and made threats on Facebook to burn down protesters tents if they were still outside St Paul's on Remembrance Sunday, according to Phillips.
A statement by the EDL on Thursday was read to the Occupy LSX general assembly on Friday morning to make people aware that there was a threat being made. "They called us all sorts of names in the statement and said we should leave "their" church and stop violating their religion," said Phillips.
(Fascists claiming religion as exclusively theirs to defend and wield as a banner is nothing new: "Strength Through Purity, Purity Through Faith", as Alan Moore put it.)

Meanwhile, in eastern Germany, the story of three neo-Nazi fugitives who had been on the run since 1997 came to an end after two had shot each other in a trailer, and a third had been arrested after setting fire to the house they shared. Police searching the ruins of the house found a number of weapons, including the service pistol of a police officer killed by them during a bank robbery and a gun used in the execution-style murders of kebab shop owners across Germany. The three, calling themselves "Th├╝ringer Heimschutz" (which Spiegel translates as "Thuringian Homeland Defence", though "Thuringian Homeland Security" is tantalisingly close) seemingly made little effort to hide, living openly among neo-Nazis in the town of Jena, which raises some questions of how they managed to avoid the attention of law-enforcement agencies:

Martina Renner, a ranking Left Party member in the state parliament, doubts these findings. "I think it's quite unlikely that those three lived for 10 years in Germany without having their cover blown." Even in 1998, she alleged -- when the manhunt began -- there were hints that the state's constitutional protection office had helped them disappear.
Renner says their alleged crimes even before 1998 were not just "petty crimes," but could have involved "explosions" of a "life-threatening magnitude." She says it's important to clarify just how deeply the state domestic intelligence office may have been involved. If a regional intelligence agency like that is prepared to "work with" such dangerous criminals, she says, the question arises whether the agency functions as an instrument to protect a democracy.

There are 6 comments on "In recent far-right news":

Posted by: Greg Tue Nov 15 12:44:57 2011

I wonder if the name is meant to be reminiscent of Shutz Staffel?

Posted by: acb Tue Nov 15 17:50:08 2011

From my (very limited) knowledge of German vocabulary, "schutz" means security/protection/defence.

Posted by: ianw Fri Nov 18 15:05:21 2011

it's not a word that has 'right-leaning implications' in German - the usage that springs to my mind is Umweltschutz - environmental protection

Posted by: acb Fri Nov 18 16:36:18 2011

Sometimes the most neutral words are the most sinister; take, for example, the "public safety committees" of the French Revolution. Or the aforementioned Homeland Security.

Posted by: unixdj Sat Nov 19 14:29:48 2011

"Homeland" is not innocent at all, it stinks of so much patriotism it made me uneasy the first time I heard it.

Posted by: ianw Sun Nov 20 23:29:16 2011

me too. PS in this page,1518,798094,00.html Sch├╝tzenhaus translates as "Marksman's House". So I'm confused..