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Alt-right’s Richard Spencer banned from 26 countries


According to reports, white nationalist and alt-right worm Richard Spencer has been banned from the Schengen Area, 26 European countries including France, Hungary, Poland and Germany.

The news has emerged from Polish publication Niezalenzna, which cites the Polish Press Agency and its sources in the Polish Foreign Ministry. The site claims that the Polish Office for Foreigners ordered the five-year long ban.

Poland, which has a right-wing government, recently opposed his planned appearance at a far-right conference in Warsaw. He had also planned to attend the annual Independence Day march, which saw 60,000 nationalists march.

Foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski previously described Spencer as a person “who defames what happened during World War II, defames the Holocaust.”

“He should not appear publicly, and especially not in Poland,” Waszczykowski said back in October. He then cancelled his travel plans.

However, Spencer has said that he has yet to receive official government confirmation of his reported ban from entering the countries, which also include Italy, Spain and Sweden.

Spencer told Associated Press: “I’m being treated like a criminal by the Polish government. It’s just insane. I haven’t done anything. What are they accusing me of?”

Spencer’s think tank, the National Policy Institute, was banned from holding a conference in Hungary in 2014. When Spencer attempted to continue with it, he was deported and banned from the Schengen zone for three years. 

The alt-right founder has spoken frequently of his dream of an Aryan homeland. “Our dream is a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans,” he has said before, according to TeleSUR. “It would be a new society based on very different ideals than, say, the Declaration of Independence.”

Back in the U.S, Spencer has been prevented from speaking at several universities, and students at a college in Florida attended his speech to drown him out and protest. His talk at the University of Florida was his first public speech since Charlottesville, the white supremacist rally he organised that saw a protester die.

Spencer is one of many alt-right mouthpieces stripped of their verified blue ticks on Twitter, after the social network changed its policies, and they’ve all had a good cry about it.