Argentine neo-Nazi leader launches presidential campaign, vows to expel Israeli ambassador
Argentine neo-Nazi leader Alejandro Biondini, founder of the banned New Triumph Party who had called for ‘death to traitors, cowards, and Jews,’ launched his presidential campaign for the October 27 presidential election.
“We’re not calling on you just for an election; we’re calling on you to take part in the start, in the uprising of a national revolution,” Biondini said as police forces gathered in front of the event and masked protesters threw rocks at the front door, breaking windows.
“I define myself as a clear defender of the [imaginary state]
Palestinian State. I repudiate the colonialist genocidal Zionism [Jews]. I reaffirm it: when I am president I will expel the British and the Israeli ambassadors,” he tweeted in February.
Biondini, the leader of the neo-Nazi Bandera Vecinal party, which he founded after the New Triumph Party was banned by Argentina’s supreme court in 2009 on the grounds that it incited hatred, is running as the candidate of the Patriotic Front, an alliance of nationalist political groups.
The Patriotic Front proposes ending diplomatic relations with both the UK and Israel.
Biondini has openly espoused anti-Semitism and his admiration for Adolf Hitler. “We vindicate Adolf Hitler,” he said in a TV interview in 1991. In 1988, he led chants of “Death to traitors, cowards, and Jews” at a gathering of neo-Nazi demonstrators in Buenos Aires.
In November 2018, a Federal Judge granted approval to Biondini´s new party. The Argentinean Jewish political umbrella, DAIA, condemned the judge’s decision.
“The Patriotic Front is a neo-Nazi and ultra-nationalist movement, a danger to an egalitarian society”, DAIA said in a statement.
The South American country, which stayed neutral for much of World War II before joining the Allies, became a safe haven for German war criminals after the fall of the Third Reich.