Daily Stormer down: Neo-Nazi website that helped organised Charlottesville protests revived on the dark web

'This is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to us'

James Fields, second from left, was pictured holding a black shield in Charlottesville hours before he drove a car into a group of anti-fascist protesters
James Fields, second from left, was pictured holding a black shield in Charlottesville hours before he drove a car into a group of anti-fascist protesters

The Daily Stormer, the world's most notorious neo-Nazi website, has been shut down and is now operating on the dark web. But it is continuing to publish the same stories as before, largely in secret.

The site was kicked off its normal domain as well as the more traditional ways of accessing the internet when a run of technology companies refused to support it any more. But as a result it has retreated into the dark web, using websites that can't be found on search engines and require special software.

But on those pages, the editor of the site has posted that the "Daily Stormer never dies" and claims that recent events are "the greatest thing that’s ever happened to us".

It also includes a specific piece thanking Donald Trump for his equivocal response to the Charlottesville protests, which has been condemned by many of his fellow Republicans.

It delights in the extra attention the site has received but says that advancing its white supremacist agenda will not be "easy", and that supporters should "get ready". "We are now in a war and it isn’t going to end until one side wins and the other side loses," a post by Andrew Anglin reads.

The same post also gloats about the fact that the increased interest in the site has brought six million reads over the last month – the exact number of Jews who are estimated to have died in the holocaust. "What has happened is that we’ve been given a massive amount of publicity by the media, and we need to work on capitalizing on that to get our ideas further into the public sphere," a post on the page reads.

"Everything is fine. We are going to work all of this into our favour," it continues. "This amount of attention is the worst mistake these people ever made."

The site does criticise the killing of Heather Heyer, who died when a car was driven into counter-protestors who were looking to repel the white supremacist protest. It calls the death a "road range incident" and says that it has "not worked in our favour", since "violence in this situation simply gives the state and private corporations cause to act against us".

But it does go on to insult Ms Heyer, and people behind the website have suggested that they could disrupt her funeral.

In all, the site has posted a range of pieces since it went down from the public internet. As well as the page about the site's return, it includes stories celebrating Mr Trump's response to the Charlottesville protests ("Trump Defends Charlottesville Nazis Against Jew Media Lies, Condemns Antifa Terrorists"), an article about the removal of a statue in North Carolina, and a post by Andrew Anglin talking about the fact that people are now asking Donald Trump about him.

Some of those stories do not appear to be loading properly, and parts of the website do appear to be broken after it was moved to its new home.

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