Saturday, October 11, 2008
Portuguese Nationalist And Hammerskin Leader Mário Machado Sentenced To Prison For "Racial Discrimination" And "Related Crimes" In Lisbon
October 2008 has been a bad month for nationalists and patriots in Europe. First, Fredrick Töben was nabbed at Heathrow Airport on a EU warrant for "Holocaust denial" while boarding an outbound aircraft. Then Horst Mahler went on trial in Germany for "Holocaust denial". And just on October 11th, Austrian nationalist Jörg Haider died in a suspicious car crash in Austria.
But lost in the shuffle of these marquee players is a much less prominent patriot, Portuguese nationalist Mário Machado (pictured above left). He, along with 35 other Portuguese nationalists, has been convicted of various crimes relating to "racism", kidnapping, aggression, and possessing illegal weapons, following an investigation carried out by police. The final sentencing resulted in six prison sentences, five acquittals, and 17 suspended sentences, the remaining suspects being ordered to pay fines. Full stories published by The Portugal News Online and The Resident. This is also being discussed on the New Nation News forum and on Stormfront, albeit mostly in Portuguese.
An April 9th article on Ipsnews provides some detailed background on this case.
Machado himself, who has also been identified as the leader of the Hammerskins in Portugal, has been sentenced by the Monsanto Court in Lisbon to four years and 10 months in prison for racial discrimination, serious coercion, owning an illegal weapon, intimidation, damage and assault with the intent to cause serious bodily harm. Machado’s lawyer has confirmed he will appeal the sentence. Here is a brief YouTube video describing Machado's struggle:
Other leaders of the movement targeted most heavily include Paulo Maia, who was found guilty of racial discrimination, kidnapping, aggravated incitement, actual bodily harm and holding illegal arms. It was Maia who, two years ago in Amadora, allegedly shot and injured two men for "racial reasons". Judge João Felgar also handed down a five-year prison sentence to defendant Pedro Isaque and four years to and Vasco Leitão, for reasons not addressed by the media sources. Machado and Leitão have also been linked to the Partido Nacional Renovador (PNR), described as an "extreme right party".
During the investigation, which began in 2007 and which entailed various house searches, fire weapons, ammunition, clubs, baseball bats and a range of other xenophobic and anti-Semitic paraphernalia was seized.
Mário Machado spoke to the media. After rendering a traditional Roman salute to keep his supporters motivated, Machado said that “blacks and gypsies were the ones that should go to prison”. But even before the sentences were formally pronounced, Machado said that even if he were to be condemned, he would continue to defend “nationalist ideas” and accused the Prosecutor Cândida Vilar of being part of a “Masonic mafia” which also included the Minister of Internal Administration, Rui Pereira, of whom he called its “Grand Master”. Mass immigration into Portugal is fueling popular discontent with the existing regime; in 2004, it was estimated that approximatly seven percent of the country's residents are immigrants, both legal and illegal. Immigration disproportionately originates in Africa and Brazil, with some Eastern European immigration as well.
Outside the court, the president of the PNR, José Pinto Coelho, called the court case a “political show trial”. “What can you expect from a regime such as this which is corrupt, Masonic and Marxist,” he said.
SOS Racismo, a leading local anti-racist organisation which helps support racial minorities from racism, congratulated the judges on their decision. “For the first time in Portuguese history, inciting hate against others because of race is seen as a crime, one which cannot be concealed behind the argument of freedom of expression,” said a spokesman.
There are strong indications that Machado and his cohorts were proscuted much more for their politics than for their actions. Consequently, they consider themselves POWs, and have probably earned that title. More information about the struggle of Machado and his cohorts can be found on the PortugalBehindBars blog. Read Machado's letter of a political prisoner HERE, and another letter HERE.