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25-year-old race hate group leader uncovered in Sussex
A university graduate who claims to “love Hitler” has been revealed as the leader of a new right-wing group.
Benjamin Raymond, 25 – who has been pictured performing Nazi salutes and posted on Facebook that he wants to exterminate Jews and non-whites – lives with his parents in Bognor.
His group, National Action (NA), is being monitored by anti-terror police.
A Sunday newspaper investigation named Mr Raymond as the leader of NA, a group which police have labelled “very worrying”.
His Facebook profile provides an insight into his far-right beliefs.
In one message he posted: “I live in Bognor Regis, a town that is basically white. I never saw a foreigner until I was a teenager.
“People are civilised, healthcare is free, the air is clean – there are non-whites and Jews in my country who all need to be exterminated.”
Raymond, who studied politics at Essex University, also uses the social networking site to air his opinions about current events.
Linking to a story about neo-Nazi Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in a terror attack in Norway in July 2011, he described him as “the hero Norway deserves”.
Following a story about starvation in Zimbabwe, he posted: “This is good news. More dead n******”.
He has posted quotes from Hitler and said the Nazi leader’s book Mein Kampf changed his life.
His Facebook profile picture features him posing in front of a Union Jack with the signature of Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists.
He describes his group as being primarily for the youth.
The group targets universities for recruitment and has also held a number of controversial demonstrations.
In April a group of about 20 travelled to London to hold a “demonstration against Boer genocide”.
In the photographs from the event, the group can be seen climbing on the Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square.
Mr Raymond performs a Nazi salute while a banana is placed in the former South African leader’s hand.
Veteran anti-fascist activist Tony Greenstein described Mr Raymond’s views as “disgusting” and said they must be opposed.
He added: “Thankfully there are not many neo-Nazis around anymore. However groups like this cannot be allowed to grow and develop.
“Sussex has a strong anti-fascist history stretching back to when Mosley was chased out of Brighton.
“Like with March for England, the people here have made it clear racism is not acceptable.”
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