He wanted to imitate Anders Breivik and Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the two right-wing extremists who in 2011 and 2019 committed massacres in Utoya, Norway, and Christchurch, New Zealand. What drove him was a white supremacist ideology fueled by a deep hatred of Jews and women, both considered subjects to be physically eliminated, and he dreamt of a violent revolution against “the state occupied by the Zionists.”

Andrea Cavalleri, 22, a native of Savona, wanted to turn these ravings into reality through the extreme right-wing group that he himself founded, the Nuovo ordine sociale (New Social Order), for which he spread propaganda on a Telegram channel called “Sole nero” (“Black Sun”), which was also used to recruit new followers.

His plans collapsed on Friday morning, when the police, in a mission coordinated by the Prosecutor’s Office of Genoa, knocked on his door and arrested him. Also arrested was a minor, a friend and accomplice of the young man and his mad plans, while the homes of 12 other people were searched in Genoa, Turin, Cagliari, Forli, Cesena, Palermo, Perugia, Bologna and Cuneo.

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