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Mongolian neo-Nazis rebrand themselves as environmentalists
Posted By admin On July 3, 2013 @ 5:30 am In World News | Comments Disabled
July 3, 2013
A Mongolian neo-Nazi group has rebranded itself as an environmentalist organisation fighting pollution by foreign-owned mines, seeking legitimacy as it sends swastika-wearing members to check mining  permits.
Tsagaan Khass, or White Swastika, has only 100 or so members but it is one of several groups – others have names including Dayar Mongol (Whole Mongolia ), Gal Undesten (Fire Nation) and Khukh Mongol (Blue Mongolia) – that are linking nationalism and resources  as foreign firms seek to exploit the mineral wealth of the vast country, landlocked between Russia and China.
Based in an office behind a lingerie store in the Mongolian capital, the shaven-headed, jackbooted Tsagaan Khass stormtroopers launch raids on mining projects, demanding paperwork or soil samples to be studied for contaminants.
“Before, we used to work in a harsh way, like breaking down doors,” the group’s leader, Ariunbold Altankhuum, 40, told Reuters. “But now, we have changed and we use other approaches, like demonstrations.”On a patrol to a quarry two hours’ drive from the capital, members wore black, SS-style Nazi uniforms complete with lightning flashes and replica Iron Crosses.
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 Reuters: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/02/mongolian-neo-nazis-rebrand-environmentalists
 mining: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/mining
 Mongolia: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/mongolia
 that are linking nationalism and resources: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/02/mongolia-far-right
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