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category national | miscellaneous | news report author Tuesday October 01, 2002 14:30author by IMC Dalek Report this post to the editors

No to Nice campaigners sometimes like to compare European integration with the creation of the 'Fourth Reich', even though some European political allies are fans of the Nazi's Third Reich.

Sunday Mirror - 29th September 2002

Fascist Link of 'No to Nice' Chief
by Francis O Donnell

No to Nice campaign frontman Justin Barrett's neo-fascist links are revealed today in the Irish Sunday Mirror.

No to Nice campaigners sometimes like to compare European integration with the creation of the 'Fourth Reich', even though some European political allies
are fans of the Nazi's Third Reich.

Barrett has attended a number of conferences and rallies in Italy held by the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party as well as being an 'honour guest' at German
Nazi party NPD's 'National Day of Resistance' rally in Passau in May 2000.

In recent months, both the Forza Nuova and NPD have come close to being banned by their respective country's parliaments for their extremist race hate

Barrett also fronts Ireland's Youth Defence, the anti-abortion group which funded the establishment of the Precious Life anti-abortion outfit, which
operates in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Precious Life has threatened doctors with 'direct action' and is headed by ex-Orangeman and Loyalist Jim
Dowson. Dowson, 35, has a conviction for a firearms offence and his heavily tattooed arms indicate his loyalist politics. Barrett himself admits that
70,000 euro was given by Youth Defence to Precious Life for office furniture.

Barrett extols his extreme views in his book "The National Way Forward". In this 200 page rant, he expresses opinions on everything from Jewish influences
in the US to his ideas for Irish reunification that includes the expulsion of Northern Protestants. The book is only available for order on extreme
right-wing websites.

The Forza Nuova party has a membership which like to wear fascist uniforms and give Nazi-style salutes. The shadowy multi-millionaire former terrorist
Roberto Fiore leads it. Fiore only returned to Italy in 1997, having fled to London in 1980 after the Bologna railway station bombing which claimed the
lives of 85 people. He ran the Armed Revolutionary Nuclei organisation, two of whose members were found guilty of the bombing.

Barrett shared a platform with Fiore at a rally of flag-waving Italian fascists at the Hotel Miramar on July 21st 2001 in the Italian city of Civitanova.
At the rally, Barrett and Mario Di Giovanni, Youth Defence's representative in Italy, and their fascist colleagues voiced their support for Catholic
fundamentalist revolution. They also took time out to condemn McDonalds restaurants.

The meeting took place under a heavy police presence as the blackshirted Forza Nuova members are renowned for their violence. Two of the group's members
were found guilty of bombing a left-wing paper in 2001 and Fiore openly gives support to fascist football hooligan gangs.

The Forza Nuova website has a link to the Youth Defence homepage. A link to the NPD and the English Third Position are also contained.

When Barrett was questioned about the all-expenses four-day trip to a Forza Nuova conference in Milan in November 2000, he said: "My Italian is appalling
so I don't really understand what the other speakers are talking about."

He was also at the 2000 Passau rally as guest of the NPD. Its leadership comprises of the unrepentant Nazi, Udo Voigt, and the former Red Army Faction
terrorist turned Nazi, Horst Mahler. Last month German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder condemned the NPD for using violence to establish "foreigner free"
zones in eastern Germany.

At the Passau event 40 people were arrested due to violent activity and the meeting was in a hall built by the Nazis for SS rallies. Also present at the
event were representatives of the Spanish fascists, Forza Nuova and Irish-based Derek Holland, leader of the English Third Position.

Holland helped found the International Third Position with Fiore while he was in London. Another founder of the group was Nick Griffin who now leads the
British National Party.

Gerry Gable, editor of the UK magazine Searchlight, which is dedicated to reporting on the activity of the far right, believes that these meetings have
been used to strengthen links between far right leaders. Mr Gable said: "These meetings take place on two levels. Firstly, they are a rally for members of
the extremist parties involved. They are also events where international speakers, called honoured guests, get to speak. This allows the leaderships of
various groups to come together to discuss tactics and policy making."

Many far right European groups have recently become more vocal on the abortion issue and Gable believes that is why Barrett's experience has been sought.
"After recent meetings they have formed what they call the International Anti-Abortion League. Campaigns around single issues like abortion or European
integration, allow these people to get more people involved in their groups. The contacts also allow Fiore to expand his International Third Position
empire and spread its ideology. This ideology revolves around ultra Catholicism, racial purity along with more unusual concepts for the far right such as
environmentalism." he added.

The ITP believes each ethnic group should have its own country and attempts to form a multi-cultural society are against the will of God. To back up these
concepts, Fiore and other developers of the International Third Position draw upon strict Catholic teaching and the thinking of the ultra-Catholic thinker
GK Chesterton as well as dictator Benito Mussolini and the 1930s Spanish fascist, Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera. These ideas fit in with Barrett's threat
that he would "make immigration an issue" in the Nice referendum.

The Irish Sunday Mirror investigation found that links between Barrett's Youth Defence group and the European far right have existed for years. The No to
Nice campaign also uses the offices of Youth Defence, which has picketed hospitals and had members arrested on a number of occasions. The offices are also
home to Barrett's Mother and Child Scheme. Barrett admits "the core of the No to Nice campaign are dedicated pro-lifers who have been with us for many
years. "

One of Youth Defence's founders shared a flat with the lead singer of the Nazi rock band Celtic Dawn in the early 1990s. During this period, members of
Youth Defence also contributed articles to the National Front/International Third Position magazine Candour.

People first became aware of Barrett's nasty views when he ran for a Union of Students in Ireland election in 1992 as a candidate from Athlone RTC.
Barrett at this time was called Justin Slevin; he changed his name some years later. Barrett, a member of Young Fine Gael at the time, dropped out of the
election halfway through due to lack of support.

Youth Defence's relationship with the European extreme right has also been cemented by the visit of a group of Forza Nuova students, led by the
25-year-old Marco Gladi, to Ireland last year to 'study' with Youth Defence.

In the late 1980s the ITP's founders attempted to enlist the support of Colonel Gaddafi. Holland and Griffin visited Tripoli. But Gaddafi's foreign
minister decided against supporting them.

However Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the end of last year's Nice referendum said that he thought some of the No to Nice Campaign's funding was possibly
coming from Youth Defence's extremist Anti-Abortion friends in the US. The Dail has since implemented a law that makes funding from abroad

author by Rt. hon J. Tweedle-dumb-humpublication date Tue Oct 01, 2002 15:34author email billions at no dot tvauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Might I point out to the noble editor of The Sunday Mirror that the state geneologist only recognises seven chiefs of the Irish.
Since the Irish state is deciding its policies might it be a good time to draw attention to the fact that of those non-resident on the jurisdiction of the Irish state are included some of those aforementioned chiefs. They are under the present constitutional abscence of representation of the Irish people "equally".
You may verify my waffle at Debretts.com
or talk to the state geneoligist.

author by Spublication date Tue Oct 01, 2002 19:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

That is an interesting report which i hadn't seen. The sunday mirror seems to be good at exposing the far right. remember martin cahills daughter.

Pity daily companion doesn't follow same line. the bogus free cars for refugees story was appalling both in research value and sick headline grabbing style.

author by hydrarchistpublication date Tue Oct 01, 2002 20:24author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Barret's apperance in Civitanuova took place at the same time as the demonstrations in Genoa, namely July 20 last year.

This was not the first contact between YD and FN. They had collaborated on an anti-abortion confererence in Bergamo in 1999, under another FN alias "Donne in Azione".

Elsehwhere there were rumours than when Roberto Fiore fell out with English thrid positionists, their printing press disappeared to end up somewhere.... in Ireland.

Another aspect of this worth investigating is the story of american anti-abortion murderer James Kopp, 46, who has been charged with the killing DR.Barnett Slepian, in Buffalo, 1998. He is knownm to have been harboured in Dublin for some time, had close links with catholic fundamentalist groups and was in possessio of a fake Irish passport.

YD have a large and well attended int'l anti-abortion conference most years, usually taking place in the RDS. They are admired by other loony rightists and have taken much credit for the defeat of the Nice referendum, which explains at least in part the enthusiasm towards them from FN and YD.

A last point: earlier Forza Nuova actions in Rome also saw the participation of an Irish trad band called Duchas, if I recall correctly, any further information on this point would be of interest.

For the imaginary republic,


Related Link: http://slash.autonomedia.org
author by hydrapublication date Tue Oct 01, 2002 20:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Kopp also worked as a clerk in an unnamed Dublin cancer hgospital, according to US reports. In any case more detail will hopefully emerge in the trial documents. This extract is from a longer article to be found at:

A rebel Roman Catholic sect which considers government and those supporting abortion to be "the devil" played a major part in James Charles Kopp's life on the run.

A former Canadian member of the ex-communicated Society of St. Pius X says the priests Kopp worshipped with in Ireland, and then fled to in France, are "fanatics and zealots". "It is a cult-like mentality," says the Toronto-area man who does not wish to be named. "Anyone who is against us is the devil. Government is the devil because it encourages abortion."

An American cult expert says the society "is a group I've had very, very serious complaints about." It is "an extremely controlling and legalistic group and very extreme," said Rick Ross, who deprograms members from a wide range of cults, including the militant anti-abortion group called Missionaries to the Pre-Born.

The Irish head of the Society of St. Pius X says no one in his order ever provided sanctuary to Kopp. The order did not help him evade police and, in fact, did not even realize the man they knew as Timothy O'Brien was one of the world's most wanted men.

But the society confirms the American fugitive chose its Dublin area church for worship during his life on the lam in Ireland, and attended mass at a St. Pius X monastery after he fled to France.

A radical anti-abortion activist, Kopp was wanted in connection with sniper attacks on five North American abortion providers, including the October 1998 fatal shooting of Dr. Barnett Slepian in Amherst, N.Y. and a November 1995 attack on Ancaster's Dr. Hugh Short which paralysed his right arm.

Kopp was arrested in Dinan, a medieval French tourist town, on March 29 after a 28-month manhunt. He had been hiding in Ireland for a year but fled March 10 or 11, possibly by ferry to England and then on to France.

Kopp joined the order's church in Dun Laoghaire, a seaport south of Dublin, when he arrived in Ireland around the spring of 2000. The 46-year-old -- whom the brothers knew as a good and pious man -- was simply a parishioner.

"The society always opens its doors to everyone," said Rev. Louis Dubroeucq, head of St. Pius X in Ireland.

He said the order never helped Kopp, never gave him money, and never let him stay at their priory in the port town of Dun Laoghaire, 10 kilometres south of Dublin, where it offered mass in Latin at a former Protestant church.

The order also has a church near Cork, on the southern seacoast, where Kopp went once or twice to do renovation work.

Both churches are within easy reach of local ferry docks -- the one in Dun Laoghaire the base for crowded high-speed Sea Cats to Holyhead on the northwest coast of Wales, the one near Cork directly to the northern coast of France.

Dubroeucq said he does not believe Kopp committed killings or shootings. He was a pious, reverent man. "It's possible he's wrongly accused," Dubroeucq said. "Some newspapers speak about refuge by fundamentalist churches and it's wrong."

The order did not know of Kopp's real identity until police visited the order two weeks after the accused sniper fled to France. Last weekend, the Irish priests issued a notice to parishioners pointing out no one in the church ever knew Kopp's real name or that he was a fugitive.

Related Link: http://www.sspx-schism.com/Spectator40701.htm
author by Frankpublication date Tue Oct 01, 2002 23:54author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Any other information which people have on Youth Defence's links with the European and US far right will help contiuing investigations .

author by o as if = iosafpublication date Wed Oct 02, 2002 15:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

i´d rather a fascist vote against NICE
than for it.

author by nestor mcnabpublication date Wed Oct 02, 2002 18:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Italian fascists, be they Forza Nuova or plain old Alleanza Nazionale, the junior partner in the organized gang of thieves that "run" this place, have for a long time now been fascinated with Ireland and Irish culture. It has something to do with the fact that the Irish are seen as the most nationalist of europeans, that they have "pure Aryan (Celtic) blood", and Northern League ravings about Italians north of the Po being of celtic origin don't help. Then you've got the celtic cross, the most widely used fascist symbol nowadays, being sprayed all over walls and jewish cemetaries... Add to this, commemorative events, websites and posters for things like the anniversary of Bobby Sands' death, not to mention the odd Cairde Shinn Fein benefit night and you get the general idea.

author by iosaf mac diarmadapublication date Wed Oct 02, 2002 22:06author address author phone Report this post to the editors

the animals (dogs and cats) of the community (italian) with whom I squated were killed by the fascists.
i repeat i´d rather fascists vote against Nice than for it.
After Oct 19 you can do what you will.

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author by hydrapublication date Thu Oct 03, 2002 14:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

What's this businness about Cairde SF?
There have been tours of former prisoners etc here, but they've always taken in the social centres. The fascination with Ireland on the part of Italian fascists is not of recent date, and actually led to SF issuing a public statement distancing themselves from those groups in the late 1980s, if I recall correctly.

O a seperate point, Antony Coughlan shares platforms with YD at the Gresham and the next week is speaking at the Des Greaves Summer School in the Labour History Museum. What's up with that?

author by red sppublication date Fri Oct 04, 2002 13:18author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Saw some FN graffitti onthe side of a train outside florence. Celtic crosses and Bobby Sands RIP. Heartbreaking I'd say he's turning in his grave. The celtic cross is the main far right symbol here.

author by hydrapublication date Fri Oct 04, 2002 13:40author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Most of the celtic crosses are the work of footie supporters who actually don't give a fuck about politics. It's jus part of their grafitti lexicon. There's real fascist organisation at Lazio, and there are FN weirdos amogst the irriducibili.

They can also be quite odd, like making a banner for Carlo Giuliani after he was murdered - it's all part of their obsession with warrior culture, which I think is ultimately why they're so fond of the Provis.

author by i miss the dalekpublication date Sat Oct 19, 2002 17:35author address author phone Report this post to the editors

but good thinking

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