RCMP conducting raids in central Quebec targeting Atomwaffen Division neo-Nazi group

Around 60 RCMP officers are conducting raids southwest of Quebec City, targeting people connected to the neo-Nazi group the Atomwaffen Division.

“It’s a far-right affiliated group, which could be described as having neo-Nazi allegiance,” RCMP Cpl. Charles Poirier said.

Poirier said two search warrants are being executed in the towns of Saint-Ferdinand and Plessisville in what he called a “national security operation.”

Poirier said there was no threat to the general public and no arrests are expected.

“But they could come depending on what we can find. Investigators will be on site for several hours,” Poirier said.

He said this is the culmination of an investigation that began in 2020.

Poirier said a command centre has been established beside a church and RCMP officers are searching a house behind the church.

An emergency response team, an armoured vehicle, police dogs and Sûreté du Québec police officers are assisting in the search.

Atomwaffen Division is a neo-Nazi group founded in the U.S. in 2013. The group claims to be inspired by the serial killer Charles Manson and posits that history will end in a race war.

The U.S.-based Southern Poverty Law Center describes the group as being “organized as a series of terror cells that work toward civilizational collapse.”

Last month, RCMP arrested a 19-year-old man from Windsor, Ont., over alleged links to the group.

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