Far-right propaganda ‘intensifying’ in Portugal

By Carrie-Marie Bratley, in News · 10-05-2019 09:00:00 · 2 Comments
Far-right propaganda ‘intensifying’ in Portugal

The 2018 RASI Internal Security Report has admitted that tension between right-wing extremists and anti-fascist groups has “worsened significantly” over the last year in Portugal, and warns over the “intense diffusion” of online propaganda with a view to propelling far-right groups in the upcoming legislative elections.

In the document drawn up by the Internal Security System (ISS) and released earlier in the spring by the Government, it is written that “transversally to the far right, there continues to be an intense diffusion of virtual advertising”.

And the goal is “to create favourable conditions for the electoral success of nationalist or populist political forces in 2019”, the text reads.
Red flags had already been raised in the 2017 report, which highlighted the reorganisation of movements linked to the extreme right, in line with what was happening in the rest of Europe.

“In addition to intensifying international contacts, these extremists have developed efforts to bring together their different sectors (identity groups, National Socialists, and Skinheads) to promote their objectives politically and meta-politically”, according to last year’s report.

One year later and “there were no significant changes” on 2017: “The Portuguese extreme right continues to show great dynamism in the struggle for the ‘Reconquest’ of Europe (in particular with regard to the fight against immigration, Islamisation, multiculturalism and cultural Marxism)”, the report states.

According to the document, the “identity group and neo-fascist sector was again underpinned by the organisation of conferences, propaganda actions, celebrations of symbolic dates, protest actions, musical events and martial arts training sessions in a perfect alignment with the manner of action of its European counterparts, with whom, moreover, it maintained frequent contact”.

And the less active ‘skinheadneonazi’ trend kept its traditional activities (concerts, meetings), in addition to being periodically linked to initiatives of identity groups and the neo-fascist movement, the report concluded.

In January 2019, weekly newspaper Expresso reported that the number of open inquiries into suspected crimes of discrimination and incitement to hatred had doubled in the space of a year, rising from 31 in 2017 to 63 in 2018.

However, few cases came to prosecution: one in 2016, two in 2017 and none in 2018.


Dear Sir/Madam:
The resurgence of extreme right activists in Portugal and other European Countries, reflects the status quo in America since the erratic and controversial President swore as president of the USA about a little over two years ago. Moderate forces and even some moderates from the left should not ignore the apparent New Nazi revolution which can have a destructive impact in the EU and in other Counties across the world. There should be no doubt that if we hope for a better world in the near and long term future, it has to be through moderation and cooperation of all in the political spectrum who are committed to building a better world and help and protect those less fortunate who can't help themselves. And more effort should be made to bring to an end to the horrible armed conflicts which have plagued a high number of Countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa.
And the civil conflict in Ukraine, which should not have been started, should come to an end soon too.

Yours sincerely,

by Joe M. Dias from Other on 13-05-2019 01:17:00

who is watching these groups and what is being done to shut them down? and contain them? it starts small like in the USA and people think oh it's just a small minority and now America has a racist idiot for a president who condones these groups.

by susan from Porto on 10-05-2019 08:54:00
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