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Guterres Warns Against Hatred on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16, 2017 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press during a media encounter at the UN headquarters in New York, Aug. 16, 2017. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 16, 2017 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press during a media encounter at the UN headquarters in New York, Aug. 16, 2017. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) should "fully comply with international obligations" and "engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue" in order to defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (Xinhua/Li Muzi/IANS)

UN chief warns against hatred on commemorating day of Holocaust victims. He also called upon the international community to “be ever vigilant in the face of persistent anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in our time” ….reports Asian Lite News

Guterres told the gathering that anti-hate organizations are now tracking hundreds of pro-Nazi and other such groups.  (Xinhua/Li Muzi/IANS)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned against all forms of hate at a ceremony marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

In his remarks delivered at Park East Synagogue in New York on Saturday, the UN chief said that “as I scan the global landscape today, I am sorry to say that the state of our world is messy. And the state of hate is high.”

“Neo-Nazi threat is growing,” he noted.

“Almost 80 years after the fall of the Nazi regime, its symbols, mindsets and language are very much with us,” said Guterres.

“Some still seek to deny or diminish the fact of the Holocaust. Others downplay the complicity of their citizens and former political leaders,” he said.

“And we see example after example of the rise of the neo-Nazi threat,” he warned.

Guterres said that “all of us today have a special obligation. An obligation to never lose sight of what went wrong and how it happened.”

A squad of cadets participate in the Victory Day memorial ceremony marking the 69th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII, in Donetsk, Ukraine

He also called upon the international community to “be ever vigilant in the face of persistent anti-Semitism and other forms of hate in our time.”

Guterres told the gathering that anti-hate organizations are now tracking hundreds of pro-Nazi and other such groups.

“With just a little research, we were able to quickly identify 65 groups in 25 countries. These are located not just in Europe and North America but in every region of the world,” he said.

Their followers, and the “likes” they receive on social media, number in the tens of thousands, he said.

“Sixty thousand people marched recently in one country in support of the continent’s far right movements, with placards reading ‘White Europe’ and ‘Clean Blood,'” he continued.

According to the UN chief, the neo-Nazi group called “Combat 18” has re-emerged, including through a concert in a European country attended by thousands. “A recent far right march, called ‘Revolt Against the Traitors’ by the participants, sought to march near a synagogue on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.”

“Last year, hundreds of neo-Nazis gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Rudolf Hess, one of Hitler’s leading associates,” he warned.

“Let us work together to build a world of pluralism, mutual respect and coexistence for all,” the secretary-general concluded.

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