First Twitter now Europe. Alt- Right leader Richard Spencer can’t seem to get a break the last few months. Spencer can’t even get a free hall pass to any U.S. university.
According to a report from PAP which is Poland’s state-run news agency, Polish authorities banned Spencer from entering 26 countries in Europe via its visa- free Schengen area.
The ban is supposed to be upheld for a period of five years. PAP disclosed that the source of the information is an individual who has close ties with Poland’s Foreign Ministry.
Other countries reportedly supporting the ban include France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Italy.
The embattled leader of the Alt- Right movement in the United States said he would challenge the merits of the ban:
“I’m being treated like a criminal by the Polish government. It’s just insane. I haven’t done anything. What are they accusing me of?”
This isn’t the first time the Polish government imposed a ban on Spencer. In 2014, Spencer was arrested in Hungary where he was scheduled to hold a conference with his group, National Policy Institute (NPI). The NPI is referred to as “the white supremacist think tank”.
As a consequence of the 2014 arrest, Spencer was banned from Schengen for a period of three years.
The term “Alt-Right” is associated with Spencer as he has used it to describe a movement that advocates beliefs that combine racism, anti-Semitism and anti-Immigration.
Controversy has followed Spencer. In August, a car plowed through a crowd killing a woman during a planned speech in Charlottesville, Virginia. Then in October, students from the University of Florida conducted rallies which disrupted Spencer’s visit to the campus.
Finally in November, social media short messaging platform Twitter decided to suspend the accounts of prominent Alt-Right leaders including Spencer.
Last October, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski referred to Spencer as a person who “defames what happened during World War II; defames the Holocaust. He should not appear publicly, and especially not in Poland.”