By Kyle James  |  11-23-2017   News
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An influential figure in the white nationalist movement, Richard Spencer, denies receiving government confirmation of his alleged ban from over two dozen European countries.

Poland's news agency PAP, which is state sponsored, says Polish authorities have banned Richard Spencer from entering 26 countries in Europe's visa-free Schengen area for five years. The PAP cited an unnamed source close to the Poland's Foreign Ministry but declined to disclose their identity.

Another source close to the Polish Foreign Ministry also confirmed the ban has been activated. This wouldn't be the first time Spencer was banned from the region, he was banned for three years from the Schengen zone after being arrested by Hungary authorities in 2014.

Spencer defended himself in an interview with the Associated Press saying, "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?"

The well known white nationalist canceled a trip to a far-right conference in Warsaw earlier this month after reports surfaced of the Polish government's ban. "It just didn't feel like it was worth it," Spencer said.

Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowsk condemned Spencer as someone "who defames what happened during World War II, defames the Holocaust." "He should not appear publicly, and especially not in Poland," Waszczykowsk continued.

Among the 26 countries to ban Spencer are France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Sweden.

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Source: http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-poland-spencer-ban-20171122-story.html

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