Photo Gallery The Danger of the Online-Bred Far Right

The gunman who killed 50 people in Christchurch New Zealand is being celebrated by right-wing extremists around the world, including in Germany. It is a sign of how the internet has forged a new kind of terrorist threat, and an increasingly emboldened network of radicals.
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Brenton Tarrant, the Christchurch shooter, is responsible for murdering 50 worshippers at mosques in the New Zealand city. He livestreamed his rampage online, and when he appeared before the magistrate he flashed an "OK" signal with his hand, an ambiguous code for "white power."

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A police officer stands guard in front of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. Around 200 Facebook users watched the attack live on their smartphones, tablets or computers. Some of them cheered the shooter on.

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A man holding part of the manifesto written by Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian right-wing terrorist who killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, in Norway in 2011. He justified his act with a patchwork of misanthropic theorems.

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Brevik, here shown doing the Hitler salute in court, has been an inspiration for other right-wing terrorists in recent years, including David Sonboly, a German-Iranian teenager who shot and killed nine people in Munich in 2016.

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Sonboly, who used Breivik as the profile image for his Whatsapp account, tracked down the same type of pistol that Breivik used on the darknet. He also left behind a document on his computer that he described as his "manifesto."

Foto: Mohamed Aly Shebab
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Right-wing protesters light flares in eastern German city of Chemnitz on August 27, 2018 in the wake of the murder of a 35-year-old man in the city who was supposedly killed by an asylum seeker. The marches in Chemnitz, which included members of the neo-Nazi scene, set off a national wave of concern about the growing power of the far-right in Germany.

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A photo taken moments before Alex Fields Jr., a 21-year-old described by prosecutors as a white supremacist, drove into a crowd of anti-right-wing protesters in Charlottesville, in the U.S., in August of 2017. Heather Heyer, 32, died when the plowed into her. Fields Jr. was later found guilty of murder for the crime.

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Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the biggest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S., hold a swastika burning in Georgia. In recent years, domestic intelligence agencies have struggled or neglected to monitor far-right groups operating largely on the internet.

Foto: Spencer Platt/ AFP
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