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‘Conspiracy bingo’: Transatlantic extremists seize on the pandemic – POLITICO

‘Conspiracy bingo’: Transatlantic extremists seize on the pandemic – POLITICO

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coronavirus i... global rallying cry for ... white supremacists and anti-vaxxers in the U.S. to fascist and anti-refugee groups across Europe ... far-right populists on both continents ... using the outbreak to push their political agenda ...

barrage of false messages [risk] ... feeding ... “infodemic” that makes it hard to separate fact from fiction... use anything they can... to bring people into their radical world ...

call for resistance against their governments ... European far-right groups ... called for national governments to reclaim their power from the EU ... Greece, Spain and Italy... seen a spike in Russian disinformation campaigns... sowing doubt about Europe’s response ...

Facebook groups ... opposition to quarantine ... similarity and design ... suggests many ... related to each other... directed or inspired by some centralized lobby groups ... Several ... spearheaded by the Dorr family... manage ... aggressively U.S. pro-gun organizations...

anti-vaccine movement ... latched onto the pandemic

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