British neo-Nazis praise 'role model' Anders Breivik
Support from far-Right for Norwegian who massacred 77 to 'protect' Europe from Islam
ANDERS BEHRING BREIVIK, who will probably spend the rest of his life in jail for the massacre of 77 defenceless people - mostly teenagers - in Norway last year, has been hailed as a "role model" by far-Right extremists in the UK.
Breivik was delighted not to be declared insane by a Norwegian court last month as he believed a sane verdict would lend credence to his so-called political motives. He stated he was defending Europe from Islam and hoped to encourage other right-wingers around the world to similar actions.
The UK's anti-Islam extremists at first distanced themselves from Breivik. Paul Ray, a founding EDL member who blogs as 'Lionheart', said he was "horrified" and asked how anyone "in a sane mind can condone what he did", reported The Daily Telegraph. EDL leader Stephen Lennon said the killings were "obviously wrong" and offered his sympathies.
But now, The Observer reports that Lennon believes the sane verdict "gives a certain credibility to what he had been saying … that Islam is a threat to Europe".
More worryingly, a man associated with the EDL has said Breivik "deserves a medal" while a prominent National Front member has called him "truly inspirational" and "a role model".
Neo-Nazi Nick Greger, who runs an organisation known as Order 777 with Raya, wrote on Facebook that Breivik should be rewarded "for the groundbreaking performance to blow up his Marxist traitor government building".
Kickboxer Darren Clifft from Walsall, a National Front member, tried to get together a petition asking for Breivik to be freed last week, says The Observer.
He wrote on Facebook: " [Breivik] is truly inspirational. He sacrificed his life so Europe might be free again from the clutches of Islam and cultural Marxism, multiculturalism and political correctness. I see him as my role model, what every European man needs to be in order for Europe to survive."
The Morning Star last week wondered if the next Breivik would be British, after anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate said they feared Breivik had "inspired an international propaganda network of bigotry and hate".
The group said it was vital that the government and security services started to take the far-Right threat "seriously", pointing out that 17 people with far-Right views have been jailed in the UK in "recent years".