Nazi and antisemitic publisher shut down in Argentina

Federal police in Argentina carried out a raid on a printing press that was selling Nazi and antisemitic books online.

Argentinian police have raided and shut down a publisher selling Nazi and antisemitic books online. The haul of over 230 books is being described by officials as a „historic seizure” of Nazi propaganda. The raid comes after a two-year probe, reports the DW.

Law enforcement officers raided the printing press, which was run out of a suburban home near Buenos Aires’ San Isidro. They arrested one person and confiscated more than 230 publications containing swastikas and markings of the SS paramilitary group, which played a key role in enforcing the Nazi ideologies.

„We’re still astonished by the amount of material from what is truly a printing press for the dissemination and sale of Nazi symbolism, books and indoctrination,” Police Commissioner General Carlos Alejandro Namandu said in a statement.

„This is the first stage of the investigation,” Namandu added. „The first thing we did was cut off the sales and distribution channel. We’re moving on to a second stage. The law penalises not only those who manufacture but also those who buy.” Displaying Nazi symbols is a crime in Argentina, the country with the largest Jewish population in Latin America.

Marcos Cohen from the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations, the Jewish group acting as plaintiff in the process, said that no such material was ever found in the country before. „We are shocked by how profuse the material is,” he added.


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