Neo-Nazi group System Resistance Network should be banned, says MP

Neo-Nazi group System Resistance Network which calls on recruits to read Hitler’s Mein Kampf and ‘smash the establishment’ should be banned, says MP

  • System Resistance Network behind ‘Nazi Zone’ graffiti inflicted on Cardiff 
  • The daubing and racist posters were praised by the founder of National Action 
  • Undercover reporter has now exposed the tactics used on new SNR members 

A neo-Nazi group that believes homosexuality is a disease and that non-whites should be expelled is facing calls for the outfit to be banned.

Calls for System Resistance Network (SNR) to be outlawed followed reports of the white supremacist outfit urging followers to read Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf and inflict vandalism on Welsh cities.

An MP is calling for the group to be banned just like the proscribed outfit National Action, whose founder praised SNR graffiti proclaiming Cardiff a Nazi Zone. 

It comes after Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen was jailed for eight years after trying to set up white enclaves in Wales. He was kicked out of the Army after his arrest in September 2017, along with another soldier, as he tried to form an underground network and stockpiled weapons.

Pictured: System Resistance Network’s logo. The group is facing banning calls following racist graffiti that was scrawled in Cardiff 

Mikko Vehvilainen (pictured giving a Nazi salute) wanted to set up white enclaves in Wales, which is also where the group National Action was established in 2013 

The SNR’s tactics were exposed by BBC Wales Investigates, whose undercover reporter set up a fake social media profile to join the group.

During the months in which he was corresponding with the network, they asked him to carry out acts on their behalf. He was also told to read extremist literature.

‘They talk about smashing the establishment,’ he said. ‘They want me to break the law – to get their name in the headlines – they don’t care who gets hurt.’

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They told him to put up posters of the group’s logo – which incorporates the British Union of Fascists lightning bolt – and send pictures to prove that he had done so.

The SNR hit headlines in March when Wales Online reported that the group had claimed responsibility for racist graffiti.

‘Nazi Zone’ was painted on a wall alongside swastikas and posters declared: ‘P*** rape gangs coming to your town soon’.

Neo-Nazis are pictured at the White Man March in Newcastle which was organised by National Action in 2015 

Claiming reponsibility, the network told anti-fascist demonstrators planning to protest: ‘Our propaganda at your March and meeting places. We’re taking names and remembering faces. Zero tolerance for non-white races!’

National Action founder Alex Davies has voiced support for the SNR on Radio Aryan, saying he was encouraged by the vandalism.

He said that ‘signs of resistance’ give him hope, adding: ‘It’s like a fire. As long as you’ve got some embers burning all you need is to put some fuel on that fire and it can turn into something big very quickly.’ 

Mr Davies was a student when he set up the group in 2013. He teamed up with Ben Raymond from Bognor Regis, who then moved to Swansea.  

Mr Davies (left) was a student when he set up the Nazi group and Ben Raymond (right) moved to Swansea to assist him 

His outfit was made illegal in December 2016 after it glorified the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox. 

Since the ban Mr Davies has been arrested on suspicion of continuing to be a member of National Action, which he denies. He has not been charged.  

Stephen Doughty, MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, is now calling for the SNR to be banned just like National Action.  

Last month it was reported that white supremacist Corporal Mikko Vehvilainen, 34, was jailed for eight years for membership of National Action.

Nationalists gathered in Newcastle in 2015 for the White Man March which was organised by National Action 

Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas (pictured) named their baby Adolf Hitler and were members of National Action 

He believed a ‘race war’ was coming and tried to establish an all-white armed stronghold in Powys.

The Royal Anglian Regiment soldier who served with distinction since 2012 was convicted of being a member of National Action, and was jailed for eight years. 

News of his jailing came as Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas from Oxfordshire, who named their baby Adolf Hitler, were found guilty of being members of the group. Before the group was disrupted, Thomas asked whether or not he could buy a fun from Vehvilainen. He also asked if it would notices if guns were stolen from his base.

Alexander Deakin, the group’s ‘regional commander’ was jailed for eight years in April 2018. 

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