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Tue May 28, 2019, 02:24 PM

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

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Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
MAY 25, 2019 | 9:15 AM | SPOKANE, WASH.

Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations’ Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.

White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.

The neo-Nazi group was based near Hayden Lake, Idaho, starting in the 1970s, and eventually was bankrupted in a lawsuit brought by local activists and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its compound was auctioned off and supporters dispersed.

But a series of incidents in recent weeks show that far-right sentiments never really left the conservative region. In the county that is home to Hayden Lake, for instance, Republicans last month passed a measure expressing support for U.S. entry of a prominent Austrian far-right activist who was investigated for ties to the suspected gunman in the mass mosque shootings in New Zealand.

In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the Spokane and northern Idaho area, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America, and America’s Promise Ministries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The center does not track how many members belong to each group.
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