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After Charlottesville, an alt-right youth seeks to defend his ideas

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – William EDWARDS – | Nick Fuentes, a young student and activist of the American radical right, May 9, 2016 in Boston

Nick Fuentes, a student of the radical American Right, was in Charlottesville when the demonstration degenerated. If he defended himself from all neo-Nazi sympathy and violence, he now wonders how to defend his convictions in an increasingly divided American society.

Mr. Fuentes, 19, said he went to Virginia to denounce the unbundling of Confederate statues – which he calls “cultural genocide” – but also “massive immigration” and “multi-culturalism”.

“When you try to force different cultures, values ​​and lifestyles under one umbrella identity, you lose the sense of what it means to be an American,” he says.

If he regrets the presence of neo-Nazi activists in this demonstration – where a man has dashed into the crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing one and 19 wounded – this political science student from the Chicago suburbs does not deny None of his convictions. And sees in the reactions to the events of Charlottesville the sign of “an increasingly irreconcilable cleavage between right and left”.

This ultra-informed young person, who has campaigned for Donald Trump, has been claiming nationalist ideas loudly for months on social networks and via a program he hosted several months, reprinted by the conservative channel Right Side Broadcasting Network.

A provocateur in his soul, Nick Fuentes also attracted the attention of the American media, sometimes violently attacking the “globalists” or those responsible for CNN, that would have to “expel or hang”, he said April.

That had already earned him insults. After the events in Charlottesville, which caused strong tensions in the United States, this student with Mexican roots also received “death threats,” he said.

He nevertheless “condemns all violence”. And affirms that the radical right American “errs” leaving neo-Nazi sympathizers come to its gatherings because “it distracts from the message”.

He deplores that many leaders, Democrats and Republicans, have put in the same bag neo-Nazi sympathizers and demonstrators of the radical right, making any discussion impossible.

“The control of the left on the main media and the main institutions” is worth “any white or European person who defends his interests or expresses his concern at the social experimentation that we have been pursuing for 30 years to be treated as racist, Supremacist or Nazi, “so as to” prevent people from talking about it, “he said.

– ‘credible’ death threats –

First consequence: he will leave Boston University, a progressive bastion, and hopes to join the more conservative university of Auburn, Alabama next January.

He had thought of leaving Boston in June, but the events in Charlottesville have sealed his decision.

“It was at the point where people were making fairly credible threats to my security and my life, it was no longer funny, it confirmed my decision that I would not be safe on campus if I went back This fall, “he said.

But he does not intend to make a low profile in Alabama.

Even though this campus is more conservative, “I’m probably more right-wing than most people in Auburn, I’m not going to be ideologically comfortable,” he says. “Let’s say I’ll be more productive.”

Because his support for Donald Trump is not undermined. “It has even been strengthened” because the US president has “shown a lot of courage”, he said, by not consistently condemning the protesters of Charlottesville and attributing part of the wrongs to the counter-demonstrators.

Nick Fuentes stopped the show, but plans to launch a new political information site soon, “with a small team.” And even thinks of writing a book.

The student believes that the radical right to which he is identified must now question the effectiveness of new manifestations.

Many sites close to the extreme right, such as the Daily Stormer, were closed in the wake of Charlottesville, transforming a demonstration that should have been a success for its movement in “turning victorious for the establishment”, he says to be worth.

Charlottesville “will have at least had the merit of showing that we must think about the consequences” of this kind of demonstrations, not always “effective for insurgent political movements,” he said.

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