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Italian security services warn of rise in international leftist extremism

Italian security services believe that the country is facing an increasing threat of far-left radical anarchists because of a "growing tendency toward radicalisation".

Published: March 3, 2019, 9:29 am

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    The annual report underscored the danger specifically from anarchist movements, including Antifa, warning that they had become “insidious” internal and external threats to Italian security, according to Il Giornale.

    “Information findings have shown a growing tendency towards radicalisation, especially through the dissemination of documentation and detailed data on the objectives to hit, combined with attempts to favour tactical convergence between the different visions of anarchist action,” the report noted.

    Last year, a group of radical leftists blocked a train station and attempted an assault on Interior Minister Matteo Salvini in the city of Trento.

    Not surpringly, the report highlighted the international cooperation between far-left extremist groups noting that the had “confirmed the intensity of the international connections of anarcho-insurrectionism, highlighting strong contacts, both physical and virtual, between militants, as well as their sustained mobility between different countries, on the occasion of propaganda and mobilisation initiatives”.

    According to the Italian security service, far-left extremists are mainly drawn to anti-racism and anti-fascism movements. They have also been recruiting new extremists with foreign backgrounds.

    “The foreign population is considered, in particular, by the more extreme segments, a recruitment area capable of producing conflict,” the report stated.

    Far-left extremists have claimed responsibility for the bombing of the offices of the League party in Treviso last year and have called for Salvini’s assassination.

    Other European countries have also seen a rise in far-left violence. In Germany, the security services warned in June last year that leftist extremists now counted at least 9 000 potentially violent adherents, noting an increase of 27 percent from 2012 to 2017.

    Antifa-linked website Indymedia posted instructions on the targetted assassinations of AfD members as well as advice on how to carry out successful killings.

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