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Patriotic Alternative member accused of racial hatred had Adolf Hitler picture at home

A senior member of the far right group Patriotic Alternative who gave a speech at an anti-asylum seeker protest in Erskine had a picture of Adolf Hitler in his home, a court was told.

Sam Melia, 33, is on trial this week in England accused of running a far right network called Hundred-Handers from his home in Pudsey, Leeds. He is also accused of using racist stickers to stir up racial hatred.

Melia denies the charges.

Leeds crown court heard, as reported by The Guardian, that the charges Melia faces related to racist stickers he allegedly designed and produced between 2019 and 2021. He is accused of posting them in public places and encouraging thousands of online followers to imitate. 

The stickers bore slogans such as “Reject white guilt”, “Nationalism is nurture”, “We will be a minority in our homeland by 2066” and “Diversity – designed to fail, built to replace”.

Sam Melia, of Patriotic Alternative, speak at  demo against asylum seekers in Erskine on Sunday 5 February, 2023.
Sam Melia, of Patriotic Alternative, speaks at a demo against asylum seekers in Erskine on Sunday 5 February, 2023.

On Telegram, where Hundred-Handers had 3,500 followers, Melia used racist slurs about black, Asian and Jewish people, the court was told.

The court also heard police found a book by Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, on Melia’s bedside table and a poster of him in his living room. Police also found posters depicting the Third Reich – the name given to Germany under the Nazis – in his home.

The Hundred-Handers was named after giant creatures from Greek mythology with 100 arms. The group was active in the UK and a number of other parts of the world, the court heard.

The trial continues.

Featured photograph thanks to iStock and Philip Openshaw. Photograph of Sam Melia thanks to Angela Catlin.

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