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An unidentified suspect has expressed “ far-right ideology ” and focuses on neo-Nazi, white supremacist and anti-Semitic material, police say.

Australian police have arrested an 18-year-old man who has reportedly expressed interest in carrying out a mass attack, motivated by “far-right ideology”.

Police said on Wednesday that they plan to lay charges against the unidentified man in Albury, a small town 553 km southwest of Sydney.

“The man we arrested has a far-right ideology and focuses on neo-Nazi, white supremacist and anti-Semitic material,” Australian Federal Police official Scott Lee told reporters in Sydney.

“A few days ago, what we observed was an escalation in tone that went to support for an event causing a large number of injuries, and potentially her involvement in that event.

Australia is on heightened alert against the threat of right-wing violence after several recent attacks, including the massacre of 51 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, by a white supremacist gunman from Australia last year .

Increased threat from the far right

Australian intelligence agencies have regularly warned of an increased threat from far-right individuals since the New Zealand attack.

Members of far-right parties have seen increased electoral success in Australia in recent years.

Pauline Hanson, who mobilized against Asian migration and indigenous Australians in the 1990s, was re-elected to the Senate in 2016 on a political platform hostile to Muslims and refugees.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party called for a ban on travel to Muslim countries, a boycott of certified halal products – including chocolate Easter eggs in 2017 – and an end to “government funding of radical Islamic politics. , disguised as “arts and culture”. “.

Hanson said that Islam is a political ideology.

In 2018, Hanson introduced a motion in the Australian Senate condemning what he called “anti-white racism”, the motion declared: “It’s OK to be white” – a slogan adopted by white supremacists – and a was narrowly voted 31-28.

Several government ministers voted in favor of the motion and later apologized, dismissing it on an “administrative error”.


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