Summer camps in Italy and England as nationalists adapt to Covid restrictions

Despite the so called “Pandemic” restrictions, the new Italian nationalist movement of La Rete (“The Network”) had decided to hold a summer camp for approximately 200 leaders and active militants on July 4th-5th in a location called “House of Patriots” in Solarolo, near Ravenna. The camp was called Campo Zero to underline that it was a new beginning in the nationalist struggle. Several ideological, cultural and organizational conferences were held in order to explain the tactical and strategic objectives of the movement as well as the particular functions of the different Commissions and Offices. Among the Commissions are the Legal Office (that is already quite busy against Facebook) and satellite associations like Praesidium (cultural front) and Rete Studentesca (Youth Front). There will also be a new sports association launched. Special instructions regarding propaganda and use of social networks were given to the activists by experts who explained that the situation is continually changing and therefore it is important to understand the change and adapt our tactics accordingly.

Father Giulio Tam, probably the most famous Italian traditionalist priest, celebrated the Mass (in Latin) on Sunday and exhorted the militants to be ready to fight like the warriors in the battles of Lepanto, Vienna and the Spanish Reconquista.

Several guests representing other right wing political, cultural, and assistance groups were present. Agreements were reached regarding coordinated militant actions, assistance for political activists arrested under false accusations as well as cultural activities. This is the first step to achieve real cooperation and build a common front for nationalists.

The leadership of the Rete made several important decisions: the recruiting and membership campaign was officially launched, five new official spokesmen have been nominated for different areas of the country, the Movement will participate in the political campaign against the new “homophobia” law (which is in fact in contrast with freedom of speech and opinion) and in other political battles and the Associazione Evita Peron is organizing the Colonia Evita Peron, the summer camp for children (again in the House of Patriots).

Several discussions about particular aspects of the struggle were held by selected groups of militants, regional leaders reported about the political situation in their areas and women seemed to be particularly helpful and active.

Campo Zero, however, was not just speeches and meetings. The local activists provided an excellent organization, good food, and security at the entrance. The comrades had the opportunity to purchase books, Soldato Politico t-shirts, etc. and last but not least, after the lockdown, to enjoy the joyful atmosphere, especially during the meals and on Saturday night, during the music concert with the FVM band.

Over the same weekend in Derbyshire, England, Mark Collett and Laura Towler’s Patriotic Alternative held their own camp, which was well attended, by mainly younger nationalists. They also climbed the famous local hill known as Mam Tor, where they displayed a giant banner proclaiming ‘White Lives Matter’!

Mark is still trying to register Patriotic Alternative as a political party with the Electoral Commission, after his first two applications were rejected. This registration process is essential before PA can contest elections, though of course for the time being there are no elections in any case due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Laura Towler and Mark Collett of Patriotic Alternative

In common with other British nationalist parties and groups, PA is having to adapt temporarily to a world where not only are there no elections, but also indoor conferences and meetings are banned (if they have more than thirty people and/or if there are platform speakers).

This makes other forms of propaganda all the more important.

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