Big performance for a small group: A week ago, “10vor10” focused on the women’s collective Némésis from western Switzerland (see video). In a detailed report, the SRF program portrayed the activists as young, committed feminists who “swim against the tide” by consistently drawing attention to sexual violence by immigrants.
What SRF didn’t mention: The leaders of Némésis come from the militant, right-wing extremist scene. Feminism is a vehicle for her to get her racist ideas out there – and to recruit female offspring.
Némésis, named after the Greek goddess of revenge, acts as the Swiss offshoot of the French group of the same name. The founder from Paris, Alice Cordier, said in a radio interview: “We must fiercely defend the white men, because they are our fathers and will later be the fathers of our children.” Referring to statistics that say the French will find themselves in the minority by 2050, she added: “It’s about survival.”
Racist slogans as the core of the message
The Némésis activists from Romandy do not preach their ideology of white supremacy as openly as the founder from Paris. But racist slogans also form the core of their message. For example, when the group’s stickers read: “Rapefugees not welcome”, a combination of the English words “rape” (rape) and “refugees” (refugees).
Young, hip – and right-wing extremist. The traces of the leading activists from Némésis Switzerland lead directly into the neo-Nazi scene. Specifically: to the women’s section of the extreme right-wing Militants Suisses. The section was something like the predecessor group of Némésis Switzerland.
The left online portal Renversé has traced in detail the entanglements of the French-speaking Swiss activists with Militants Suisses. First and foremost those of Sarah B.* from Valais, co-founder and leader of Némésis Switzerland.
B. denounced sexual assaults on migrants in the “10vor10” report: “You know that there are often immigrants, people who are not from here, you can see that from their appearance.” When it comes to the exit, it is “often the same type of man”.
All appear in the right-wing extremist scene
In 2021, B. appeared in a propaganda video by Militants Suisses. In March of the same year, she marched in a crowd of violent Militants Suisses supporters at the Corona demo in Liestal BL. Sarah B.’s comrades-in-arms attacked left-wing counter-demonstrators. Shortly after the demo, a photo appeared on a right-wing hooligan channel in which the young woman from western Switzerland and her comrades trample on a banner against anti-Semitism. They had stolen it from the counter-demonstrators.
In the meantime, B. has defused her social media channels. Among other things, she deleted a photo from an evening together with three friends. One of them wears a pullover with the SS skull and crossbones, the insignia of a particularly notorious division of Hitler’s Schutzstaffel. She wrote: “Together with the legends.”
Most of the other Némésis activists who appear in public are also active in the extreme right-wing scene. One of the women recently posed masked and with boxing gloves from the French neo-Nazi label Pride France. The same young woman can also be seen together with another Némésis member in a promotional video for Junge Tat, currently the most active right-wing extremist group in Switzerland. Némésis did not respond to inquiries from SonntagsBlick.
They want to make right-wing extremism attractive to young people
Right-wing extremism with a feminist tinge is not a new phenomenon. Most recently, the Identitarian Movement – to which Némésis France also belongs – veiled its anti-immigration policy with women’s rights. In the 120dB internet campaign, the Identitarian Women called on refugees to defend themselves against violence. An attempt to mimic the #MeToo movement against sexism.
Némésis also stands for a new image of the right-wing scene in Switzerland. Groups like Junge Tat and now Némésis manage to make right-wing extremism attractive to young people again. Suitable for Instagram – but just as radical in terms of content.