Report: British 'Combat 18' neo-nazis active in Poland
December 9, 2003
WARSAW — "Combat 18", the British neo-Nazi group responsible for the 1999
bomb attacks on London immigrant communities and gay clubs, is
active in Poland, the leading Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper reported
Polish special agents recently discovered evidence suggesting
Polish neo-Nazis working with Combat 18 were responsible for
printing the organisation's "Stormer" propaganda bulletin, the
In simultaneous raids on nine residences in five Polish cities,
agents with Poland's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBS),
discovered neo-Nazi paraphernalia and copies of "Stormer".
One CBS agent quoted by Gazeta also said he was certain
"Stormer" was printed in Poland, although he declined to indicate
where. The raids were carried out in connection with intelligence
provided by British police.
No arrests were were made, but Polish prosecutors are expected
to decide whether to proceed with criminal charges against people
found to be in possession of neo-Nazi paraphernalia.
Polish law bans the public propagation of totalitarian
ideologies, including fascism.
CBS agents suspect that the hard-disk of a computer belonging to
two sons of a Lublin professor known for his far-right rhetoric
holds invaluable clues to the scale of neo-Nazi activity in Poland.
The police action in Poland was held in conjunction with similar
raids in Germany on 50 locations suspected of neo-Nazi activities.
Ten suspects were arrested.
According to Poland's "Nigdy Wiecej" (Never Again) anti-fascist
lobby, 32 people have been killed in Poland by neo-Nazis since
1989. Victims of skin-head violence are most often immigrants,
punks or anarchists.
German anti-fascists also allege that explosives which German
neo-Nazis planted in a Munich synagogue in September came from
Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza reported. –Sapa-DPA
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