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Norwegian Police Security Service concerned about Neo-Nazi circles

Posted by African Press International on April 21, 2007

The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) considers the threat posed by neo-Nazi groups to be at the lowest level for some time, but concerns remain.

August 2000: the Boot Boys hold a Rudolf Hess march in Askim.

Neo-Nazi circles are less organized and have fewer members than before according to this year’s PST assessment, newspaper Dagbladet reports.

“Membership levels are harder to monitor than before … Nevertheless, we can say that the activity level of these groups has been lower lately,” PST information chief Trond Hugubakken told Dagbladet.

The stabbing death of teenager Benjamin Hermansen by neo-Nazis in 2001 resulted in a drop in extremist activity, and the PST believe that preventive measures by police have produced good results. But there are concerns that things make take a turn for the worse soon.

“Activities in neo-Nazi circles swing in four to five year cycles. Therefore we must expect that Nazi activities could begin to rise again,” Hugubakken said.

The deputy leader of SOS Racism, Ola Melbye Pettersen, has also noted that neo-Nazi activity is lower than before.

“The activity level varies. Now we are in a downturn but there are signs that this is a trend that is already beginning to change. There are a number of new initiatives beginning,” Pettersen told Dagbladet.

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