QAnon attacks European democracies
In addition to attacking democracy in the United States two years ago (January 6, 2021), QAnon, defined as a movement that promotes several conspiracy theories, is leading an international supremacist “Alliance” in Europe and the developed world. In Germany, 25 extremists from the Nazi group Reichsbürger (Citizens of the Reich) and QAnon have been arrested. The arrests took place on December 7, and as this new edition of Sol de Medianoche is published, there may be many more. At least 52 other activists are under investigation.
The German Nazis were preparing a violent coup d’état and storm the Bundestag (German Parliament). They were inspired by the “rioters” seditionists of the Capitol but had the same ending: failure. But “we should still worry, because the danger has not passed,” according to both the German Minister of the Interior, Horst Lorenz Seehofer, and the public prosecutor handling the case.
“Right-wing extremist terrorism is a real threat to democracies,” said Minister Horst Lorenz Seehofer. Germany has listed it as “the number one danger,” greater than jihadist terrorism. In fact, there have been far more altercations and hate, misogynist, and racist crimes by far-right extremists and Nazis than by other criminals related to other ideologies.
In addition to Germany, QAnon has more far-right affiliates and related organizations in Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, and Bulgaria, at the very least. In Spain, the QAnon’s leader calls himself “Alpaxino,” a reference to the New York actor of Italian descent who played Michael Corleone in “The Godfather.”
In all these countries, QAnon sympathizers are experiencing a rapid increase and may already number more than 100,000 across Europe. According to European intelligence services, they infiltrate armed corps such as army or police units to recruit new members.
There are hundreds of European websites freely selling the Q (for QAnon) T-shirts of passionate Donald Trump supporters. “They sell very well,” say some of these sellers.
In the United States, an exclusive survey by The Marshall Project organization among sheriffs across the country, released last October, has revealed that the majority of those who responded to the survey (more than 500 sheriffs) are of conservative or very conservative ideology. They are Trump supporters and feel that the power they have as sheriffs of their counties is above the power held by the governors of their respective states, and even above the authority held by President Joe Biden.