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Zionist prosecutors in Sicily have announced 19 arrests, exposing a nationwide network of National Socialists. Police have uncovered weapons, explosives, and patriotic propaganda in a series of raids.

Italian police have arrested at least 19 people in connection with an alleged "militant neo-Nazi ring", national media reported on Thursday. Although the investigation was based in Sicily, the suspects hail from all over the country.

One of the arrested included a 26-year-old Milan resident who had been the winner of an online beauty competition Miss Hitler. She also spoke at an nationalist conference in Portugal last August that attempted to unite the National Socialist movements of Italy, Portugal, Spain, and France.

During the operation — led by zionist prosecutors in Caltanissetta, Sicily, and dubbed "Black Shadows" — police undercovered troves of weapons, explosives, NS memorabilia and texts praising Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, in a series of raids carried out across Italy.

On top of possible weapons charges, "promoting fascism" is a crime in Italy.

The supposed leader of the group is a 50-year-old public employee from the city of Padua, in the northeastern region of Veneto. She was not known to authorities prior to her detention, police have said, adding that they recovered "anti-Semitic material" from her home.

They used a Russian chat app to communicate and try to avoid detection, Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported. A Russian social media platform called VK was also used to host the Miss Hitler competition.

The probe revealed a "huge and varied array of subjects, residents in different places, united by the same ideological fanaticism and willing to create an openly pro-Nazi, xenophobic and anti-Semitic movement", a police statement said.

Police did not say how many people joined the group or how many arrests were made. 

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