'Self-confessed Nazi called for Jewish people to be eradicated', jury told
A self-confessed Nazi stirred up racial hatred against Jewish people as he described them as 'parasites' and said they need 'to be eradicated', a jury has heard.
The 22-year-old man from Lancashire, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of breaching the Public Order Act by using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.
He is said to have committed the offences during a demonstration by a group called the North West Infidels in Blackpool on March 12, 2016, and at a speech at a gathering of far right group members, the Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists, between June 2015 and November 2016.
Jurors at Preston Crown Court were today played a recording of a man wearing a black hat and coat - said to be the defendant - speaking on a microphone on Blackpool promenade.
At the demonstration, the man says: "Now the refugee problem is part of a bigger problem. It is a symptom of a disease. That disease is international Jewry.
"In World War Two we took the wrong side. We should have been fighting the communists, instead we took the wrong side with communists and fought the national socialists who were there to remove Jewry from Europe once and for all. That's what the final solution was. Instead we let these parasites live among us and they still do."
He added: "Yes, I'm a national socialist. I'm not scared of that label. You can call me Nazi. You can call me fascist. That is what I am."
He concluded: "We need to start focusing on the real enemy. The real enemy is the Jew. Thank you."
The defendant was also among numerous guest speakers at the Yorkshire Forum meeting held at an unknown location, the court heard.
Jurors were played a recording of the speech in which the Crown allege the defendant said Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was 'wrong' as he 'showed mercy'.
He says: "You know Hitler had an excuse, he had lack of hindsight. We have hindsight. We see what the Jew did, we see what he did when offered mercy and he acted as the Jew will always act - pretends to be your friend but puts a knife in your back.
"So as nationalists we need to learn from the mistakes of the national socialists and we need to realise that you do not show the Jew mercy, the Jew does not deserve any mercy.
"The Jew is a merchant, a deceiver. He is a Jew. He is nature's financial parasite and nature's social vermin. He needs to be eradicated."
Opening the case, prosecutor Matthew Brook said: "This trial is about two speeches he made in which he (the defendant) made threatening and abusive comments about the Jewish race. When making those speeches he intended to stir up racial hatred. He wanted other people to hate the Jewish race like he does."
The defendant denies the allegations.