The British far-Right is forging a sinister alliance with highly organised neo-Nazis in Poland, the Mail can reveal.
Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen – currently on the run from police – has been in ‘regular contact’ with extremists in Warsaw.
She reportedly plans to return to Poland after previously delighting a crowd of 10,000 at a rally in the country where fascists waved white supremacy flags and chanted racist slogans.
Across Britain, far-Right groups posing as respectable Polish patriots have set up cells to recruit youngsters via family days and seemingly innocent offers to help their community, while a former Polish wrestling champion has become a key lieutenant in Britain First.
Menacing: Members of far-Right groups light torches at a gathering in Warsaw, Poland
Anti-racist campaigners warned it was part of a ‘deeply disturbing’ trend of British extremists developing links with larger, more regimented neo-Nazi organisations in Eastern Europe.
Ex-wrestling champion Marian Lukasik, who moved to the UK in 2004 and now lives in north London, told the Mail he has helped scores of Poles to join Britain First and attend its rallies in London and the Midlands. He said: ‘Many, many people call me and want to join. I’m not their leader but I help these people.’
Mr Lukasik, who has called for Angela Merkel’s assassination over her immigration policy, was with Miss Fransen when she addressed a far-Right rally in Wroclaw last year.
He said: ‘People at the rally loved her. Jayda was invited to come this year but was not allowed because of the terms of her arrest.
Polish rally: Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, right, with Jacek Miedlar and Piotr Rybak
Members of National Radical Camp and Malopolskie Patriotic light torches during a commemorative ceremony during the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising at the Main Square
‘What we are doing we are doing for free, for the community.’
It emerged last night Fransen was on the run after police raided an address in London to try to arrest her for allegedly breaching parole conditions following her release from a nine-month sentence for religious hate crimes.
Police have urged her to surrender after she allegedly fled to Northern Ireland, Britain First leader Paul Golding said in an email to the group’s members.
Miss Fransen, 32, is banned from Northern Ireland after building up a base for Britain First there, and has to give ten days’ notice to the authorities before travelling away from her probation hostel.
Mr Golding added: ‘At any moment she can be arrested and dragged to a court in London. It’s only a matter of time.’
March of the extremists
National Radical Camp
The National Radical Camp is a Polish neo-Nazi organisation gaining a foothold in the UK.
It sees itself as a continuation of the fascist Falanga group that existed during the Second World War and wants a ‘homogeneously ethnic’ Poland.
It has said it is setting up factions for ‘compatriots’ in Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham.
United Poland Association
Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen has formed a ‘strong bond’ with Polish ex-priest Jacek Miedlar, who started the far-Right United Poland Association, a former Britain First member told the Mail.
She began bringing Polish-born Britain First member Marian Lukasik to events with them to connect with the group and he became their ‘link man’.
Ogniwo (the link)
Members of this Polish ‘patriotic association’ have been pictured making Nazi salutes and had military training sessions in the UK.
It is mainly based in London but has chapters in Cambridgeshire and the South of England.
Also at the rally in Wroclaw with Miss Fransen were two of Mr Lukasik’s associates – priest Jacek Miedlar, sacked from his Catholic church for anti-Semitic rants, and Piotr Rybak, jailed in 2015 for burning an effigy of a Jew at an anti-Muslim march in the city.
Mr Miedlar has also spoken of his regular contact with Fransen and celebrated her release from jail last month by posting a picture of them together on Twitter.
Rafal Pankowski, from Never Again, Poland’s largest anti-racist organisation, said the drive by Polish far-Right groups to send activists to the UK could lead to violence if unchecked.
Mr Lukasik returned to Poland last month – accompanied by another British far-Right campaigner known only as ‘Based Amy’ who regularly taunts Muslims – to attend the Polish Independence Day rally.
The march was hijacked by thousands of followers of the Polish neo-fascist group the National Radical Camp (NRC).
Fiyaz Mughal, from the anti-extremist group Faith Matters, warned the NRC was one of a number of Polish extremist groups now operating in Britain.
He said: ‘We have seen far-Right entryism into the heart of Polish communities. Extremist are infiltrating decent people by offering to do apparently healthy patriotic things like clean graves of Poles and organising family days with a bouncy castle for the kids. The authorities know it is happening but are struggling to deal with it.’ He added: ‘Six years ago Britain First was having a go at Polish people, telling them to go home. Now they court them.
‘It’s sinister to see them getting together and a great concern.’
Mr Lukasik is facing a civil court hearing in Poland that he claims is politically motivated because of his support for Britain First.
Miss Fransen, of Penge, south-east London, has a string of convictions relating to religious hate crimes and has posted a number of threatening videos to Britain First’s social media channels.