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Neo-Nazi Terrorists Planned To Build ‘Fortified’ All-White Community In Michigan

by : Julia Banim on : 24 Feb 2021 18:13
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A group of neo-Nazi terrorists reportedly planned to build a ‘fortified’ all-white community in Michigan.

This heavily armed community would have been built with the aim of launching the ‘race war’, as per a new report from VICE News.

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25-year-old Justen Watkins, who is currently awaiting trial in Michigan, was reportedly right at the centre of this project. Watkins is the former leader of the Base, neo-Nazi terrorist group which openly advocates for violence.

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The Base has recently been the target of FBI raids, as per The Guardian, with members accused of plotting a race war.

Watkins has reportedly now been charged with gang membership for his association with the Base and for using computers to commit a felony, following a joint investigation by the FBI and Michigan State Police.

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It’s understood that part of these charges stem from a December 2019 incident, where Watkins allegedly tried to intimidate and threaten an antifascist activist.

Now secret chats obtained by VICE News reveal Watkins had claimed he was going to buy and occupy land in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for the purpose of building a white supremacist community.

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These clandestine chats were reportedly held between known accelerationist neo-Nazis. This is a branch of white supremacy which hinges on the notion that Western governments are corrupt beyond repair.

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Those who follow this dogma believe white supremacists should work to accelerate the demise of Western democracy by causing chaos and heightening political tension.

These beliefs have previously been cited in the manifestos of far right mass shooters, as reported by Vox, including in the manifesto of the New Zealand mosque shooter, Brenton Tarrant.

In the chats obtained by VICE News, Watkins used an alias on encrypted app, Wired to share his plans. In messages from early 2020, he told other white supremacists, ‘we are buying houses and land and fortifying them’.

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Watkins said:

Land is cheap […] I’m setting up a community up there. Going to have houses set up to get guys moved in and situated.

When describing the site to others, Watkins said it would be a ‘white-ethnostate’ given its demographic, although he allowed that there was a Native American reservation close to his intended compound.

Watkins continued:

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The faster we get guys the faster we can snowball property grabs. Get four plus guys in a house splitting property tax and food and saving up for each of them to buy the next bit of land and move in four more to help.

Watkins had reportedly attempted to attract other members of the Base, as well as those from other groups, to join his project, claiming they would easily be able find work in ‘snow removal/landscaping’ around the area of the planned community.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact Stop Hate UK by visiting their website www.stophateuk.org/talk

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: News, America, Michigan, Neo-Nazi

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  1. VICE News

    Neo-Nazi Terrorists Planned Fortified Compound in Michigan

  2. The Guardian

    Revealed: the true identity of the leader of an American neo-Nazi terror group

  3. Vox

    Accelerationism: the obscure idea inspiring white supremacist killers around the world