Dozens of neo-Nazis demonstrated outside the home of Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey (D) on Saturday night in an intimidating display of hate. Members of the group NSC-131 — which seeks to create a whites-only ethnostate in New England — marched Saturday night through the Boston suburb of Arlington, uniformed in khaki pants, black jackets, face masks and baseball caps.

NSC-131 members moved under the cover of darkness, co-opting the progressive activist chant: “Whose streets? Our streets! The neo-Nazis then lined the sidewalk in front of the Healey home, which was protected by state troopers. Members of the group lit red traffic flares and raised them with stiff arms in Hitler salutes. They unfurled a banner that said, “WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.”

NSC-131's action was a street-level response to civil rights charges brought against the group by the state late last year. A 26-page complaint was filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell (D) in December. Campbell denounced the group's efforts to “target and terrorize people in Massachusetts and interfere with their rights” and insisted that the state of Massachusetts is committed to “holding this neo-Nazi group and its leaders accountable.”

This legal complaint targets NSC-131 for actions that “illegally target and disrupt LGBTQ+ events,” including drag queen storytimes; “illegally targeting immigrants based on race and national origin,” including raiding hotels where asylum seekers were offered temporary accommodation; “illegally attacking members of the public,” with frequent fights at NSC-131 marches; and for numerous efforts to “disturb the public peace and security.”

NSC-131 leaders posted video of the meeting outside the governor's house on Telegram, a social network favored by many extremists, along with a message declaring that the aim of the protest was “to show the world that legal warfare will not intimidate nationalists of New England,” as well as complaining about what the hate group calls a “migrant invasion.”

A call to Healey's office seeking comment was not immediately returned. This was, in fact, the second action by NSC-131 targeting the governor's house. In mid-October, members of the neo-Nazi group in the same way marched at the Healey residence declaring, “New England is ours, the rest must go.” At the time, the governor released a statement criticizing “these neo-Nazis and white supremacists” for “trying to scare people into not exercising their rights,” adding: “We will not tolerate this in Massachusetts.”

NSC-131 is an offshoot of another far-right hate group, Patriot Front, and is tactically similar in carrying out flash-mob actions, such as the march to Healey's house. But unlike the Patriot Front, which coats its white nationalism with a veneer of patriotism, NSC-131 is unabashedly Nazi in its ideology and iconography. “By using the swastika and symbols of the dreaded Nazi Germany,” the group stated in its literature, “we place ourselves in the strongest possible opposition to everything we would change in modern society.”

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The neo-Nazi group, however, tried to make inroads with the MAGA crowd, co-opting the issues that animate the Republican Party base, declaring that “it is Nazism… to oppose Drag Queen Story Hour and Critical Race Theory.”

The group also launched a less caustic and traditional political movement called the People's Initiative of New England, or PINE — which distributed fliers at Donald Trump rallies. PINE calls for the succession of New England from the United States and the removal of non-whites – with the aim, it wrote in manifestos posted on Substack, of creating a government that “represents” the region's “white supermajority” and founding stock.”

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