In the U.S., they’re much more likely to wear a Guy Fawkes mask, carry an SIEU card or a Federal badge.
“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.
“They questioned a mine worker about paperwork, opting to return in a week’s time, when the owner had returned.”