The man who went undercover for a year to get to the truth of the White Nationalist, Alt-Right movement.
March 05, 2018
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(INTERNATIONAL) – If you don’t believe that the radical White Nationalist Alt-Right movement in America and around the world is dangerous, then spend some time talking to the man who went undercover for a year in that movement to get a first hand look at who these people are and what they want.
Patrik Hermansson was in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, early in the morning of August 12, 2017 where he joined up with a group of far-right and alt-right activists who were protesting against the removal of a statue of a Confederate US Civil War leader, Robert E Lee.
According to a new BBC report:
“He found himself at the center of an angry protest when the gathering was declared unlawful and armed alt-righters were marched out of the park by police. He witnessed scuffles and was sprayed with mace by an anti-fascist counter-protester. After a walk to another venue outside the city, it was time for some rest.
"I switched out of my clothes and walked back into town," he says. "I was just out getting lunch when I saw this big demonstration walk past."
These protesters were marching in opposition to the white nationalist and alt-right gathering in the park. Patrik stopped to watch. That's when a car drove straight into the crowd.
"It ploughed through the demo and stopped five or 10 metres away from me," he says. "And then everything happened after that."
One woman, Heather Heyer, was killed by the car, and 35 others were injured. A man faces murder and other charges in connection with the attack.”
The BBC has published a story here about how and why Hermansson created a fake persona about himself (he’s Swedish) to dig deep into the Alr-Right movement.
Hermansson works as a researcher for Hope Not Hate which recently released a study which found that membership of traditionally-organized far-right groups was at a low point - “but that they are being replaced by new networks developing online.”
Recently the retiring head of counter-terrorism policing in the UK has warned of the growing threat of far-right terrorism, with four alleged plots foiled in the space of a year.