In Montana, children find Nazi propaganda in their Easter eggs

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The neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division placed white and anti-Semitic supremacist messages in plastic eggs.

This year in Montana, an American neo-Nazi group took advantage of Easter Sunday to spread its propaganda in plastic eggs. Several children in the city of Missoula found purple eggs filled with flyers with the following message: “The white revolution does not start thousands of miles away. It starts with you.

Other eggs contained images of Harvey Weinstein with anti-Semitic insults. Local police have been alerted but the dissemination of such messages is not in itself illegal.

This strange propaganda campaign is the work of the ultra- violent group Atomwaffen Divisio n, whose members are obsessed by a supposedly imminent “racial war” for which they are preparing themselves in training camps dubbed “hate camps” ( hate camps ).

On its website, the group, which was founded in 2016, describes itself as a “national socialist revolutionary organization centered around political activism and the practice of an autonomous fascist way of life”. He also boasts of spreading his messages by “unconventional means”.

Since 2017, several sympathizers of the small group have been sentenced for murder. In May, one of them murdered two of his roommates, also neo-Nazis, and in December 2017, a 17-year-old sympathizer killed his girlfriend’s parents because they rejected his neo-Nazi ideas. In January 2018, a member who had participated in the group’s training camps murdered a homosexual Jewish student.

This is not the first time that the state of Montana is dealing with neo-Nazis. In 2017, antisemitic trolls harassed several members of the Jewish community in the small town of Whitefish via e-mails and social media. The campaign was orchestrated by the publisher of a Nazi site who wanted revenge because a Jewish real estate agent had a dispute with local neo-Nazi Richard Spencer. The main victim of this harassment is a trial that is currently under way, and which will have to determine whether in this context, violent anti-Semitic insults are protected or not by the right to freedom of expression.

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