Mafia crook among 19 suspects in plot to create new Nazi party in Italy

Police said the group planned to use simialr name and symbols to the Nazi party
Police said the group planned to use simialr name and symbols to the Nazi party Copyright ANSA/Italian police
By Alastair Jamieson
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Italian police carried out a number of raids on Thursday as part of a two-year investigation into far-right extremists suspected of planning a new Nazi party in Italy.

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Italian police carried out a number of raids on Thursday as part of a two-year investigation into far-right extremists suspected of planning a new Nazi party in Italy.

The homes of 19 alleged extremists in various parts of Italy were searched, police said in a new release.

It is alleged they wanted to create a far-right group called the Partito Nazionalsocialista Italiano dei Lavoratori — or Italian National Socialist Workers' Party.

Some allegedly had access to weapons and recruited on social media.

Among the 19 suspects is a leading figure in the Calabria-based 'Ndrangheta mafia, who has criminal convictions and previous links to another far-right group, Forza Nuova. Police said his involvement was “significant.”

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