Yesterday, Spanish police announced the arrest of three men who, they say, ran the Spanish section of ” one of the most influential neo-Nazi websites ” in the world.

The arrests took place in Barcelona, Tarragona and Zaragoza, all in the northeast of the country, said a police statement.

The purpose of the website was “to spread anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist hate messages on the Internet among Spanish-speaking followers, ” the statement said.

 

The alleged leader and ideologist of this section was tracked down and questioned in Switzerland, according to the police statement. He is a 29-year-old Spaniard, considered as an international neo-Nazi referent, with a network of more than 50,000 subscribers.

The other two detined are aged 21 to 23, used false identities and servers abroad to try to avoid detection, the statement said.

The Spanish police collaborated with their Swiss counterparts and the European police agency Europol to track them.

Neo-Nazis are trolling the internet all the time, especially on media websites such as Gab

What is Gab?

Gab is an English-language social media website, known for its mainly far-right user base.The site allows its users to read and write multimedia messages of up to 300 characters, called “gabs”. The site stated conservative, libertarian, nationalists and populist internet users as its target markets. Gab has been described as “extremist friendly”  or a “safe haven”  for neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right.

Gab attracted migration of users banned from other social networks, including members of the far right. The site’s most followed users include high-profile far-right individuals such as Richard B. Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and Alex Jones. 

Here are some Happy Hanukkah messages posted during the holiday from users on the site.