Over the past year, far-right stickers with slogans such as “It’s okay to be white”and “unity is strength, diversity is weakness” have been popping up across the country.
From York to Perth, the right-wing messages have been met with distain – often being scratched off, covered up or removed.
Activists and councillors have condemned the stickers appearing across Sheffield, and praised the community’s reaction against hate.
South Yorkshire Police have released two men under investigation in connection with the stickers.
But who are the Hundred-Handers, the group behind the stickers?
Well, “group” isn’t entirely accurate. The Hundred-Handers describe themselves as a “network of activists, each one a powerful one-man cell”.
Reportedly named after the Centimanes of Greek Mythology who brought down the titans, they claim to have no ego but simply a desire to fight back.
But what are the group fighting? Well, activists monitoring the group revealed some common stickers, giving us an insight into what the group are fighting against:
· “Antisemitism is caused by semitism”
· “Legal immigration is the problem”
· “We are more than a passport. BLOOD & SOIL.”
· “They have to go back”
· “Western civilisation is white civilisation”
· “Tired of the anti-white propaganda”
Notably, the group uses the slogan ‘BLOOD AND SOIL’, commonly used by the alt-right and neo-nazis. The phrase, popularised by the Nazi party, refers to an ethnic group’s inherent right to own and work on land. It was also used by Hitler to praise ethnically German agricultural workers for their work in Nazi Germany.
Efforts to distribute stickers are co-ordinated by the Head, who creates an archive of “official” designs for people to print at home.
The Hundred-Handers rely on anonymity and individual distribution to get their message across. Unifying against their message of hate by removing or covering up their messages seems to be the most effective way to fight back.
In a time where people across the county are coming together to help those in need, it’s important we counteract hate and show solidarity with marginalised groups.
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