Park Rangers to Increase Patrols at Ancient Sites Amid Reports of Neo-Nazi Rituals

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Park Rangers to Increase Patrols at Ancient Sites Amid Reports of Neo-Nazi Rituals

Authorities in England are on excessive alert following reviews {that a} neo-Nazi group has been finishing up rituals at historic websites.

According to an undercover investigation by The Daily Telegraph, a far-right group who align themselves with a Nordic faith have been performing sinister ceremonies involving flags and burning torches as a part of plans to “take back” the traditional places.

The National Trust, the British charity which abroad conservation and heritage websites, mentioned it’s conscious that such rituals have been carried out on the Avebury World Heritage Site in Wiltshire, South England—a stone circle older than Stonehenge.

It is believed related rituals have additionally been going down at Wayland Smithy, an historical Neolithic burial chamber in Oxfordshire, the place Swastikas have been discovered carved into timber.

The National Trust mentioned they’re rising patrols at Wayland’s Smithy within the wake of the investigation by The Telegraph.

“The safety and enjoyment of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. We want everyone to feel welcome at our sites and we will report to the police any non-peaceful, anti-social or illegal activities at any of our places,” a spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek.

“Both Wayland’s Smithy and the Avebury stones are open countryside sites and therefore it is hard to monitor access and activity 24 hours a day. We encourage our staff and local communities at both locations to be vigilant and to report any inappropriate activity to the police.”

It is believed the rituals are being carried out by Woden’s Folk, a bunch who apply the traditional faith of Odinism.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the faith which was beforehand favored by the German Nazi social gathering has additionally been adopted by far-right terrorists and white supremacists because it “mythologizes the virtues of early northern European whites—seen as wandering barbarians, deeply involved in a mystical relationship with nature, struggling heroically against the elements.”

Anders Breivik, the terrorist who killed 77 folks in Norway in 2011, declared he was an Odinist in court docket. Brenton Tarrant, the suspected terrorist who killed 51 folks within the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque assaults this 12 months, talked about the faith in his on-line manifesto.

The Telegraph mentioned that members of National Action, who turned the primary British far-right group to be banned by the federal government below new terrorism legal guidelines in 2017, have been amongst those that attended Woden Folk’s rituals

“What we have noticed is that we have hard line neo-Nazis looking to use fake spirituality to increase people’s desire for things like martyrdom,” Matthew Collins, head of analysis at counter extremism group Hope Not Hate, advised The Telegraph. “The people who follow these cults are searching for some kind of approval for their ideas.”

A spokesperson for English Heritage, a charity which manages historic monuments, advised Newsweek: “Wayland’s Smithy and Avebury henge and stone circles are necessary items of our shared heritage and this type of exercise is clearly unacceptable and needs to be reported to the police.

“These websites are managed on behalf of English Heritage by the National Trust and we’re working carefully with them to make sure no future exercise comparable to this takes place.”

Park Rangers to Increase Patrols at Ancient Sites Amid Reports of Neo-Nazi Rituals
The Neolithic stones at Avebury are seen on February 7, 2013 in Wiltshire, England. Reports counsel that rituals have been carried out at historical websites by neo-Nazi teams in England. Matt Cardy/Getty

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