In Germany, the influence is growing, according to Der Spiegel, "the most dangerous cult of our time."
The QAnon movement spread from the United States to Western Europe. People who have lost faith in power are seized by the idea that they are being manipulated by the forces of the global "deep state" and that the coronavirus is the weapon of the elite seeking to enslave the world.
The movement originated in the United States in 2017, when an anonymous netizen posted a series of messages on the 4chan forum, founded in 2003 by a 15-year-old computer programmer from New York. The anonymous person signed himself with the letter Q and claimed to have access to state secrets of the Q level. His revelations and slogans spread rapidly. Their gist was that President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against Satan-worshiping pedophiles in government, big business and the media. Supporters of the movement believe that their struggle will lead to the fact that Hillary Clinton will finally be arrested and sentenced to death.
According to the BBC, many hundreds of thousands believed in the idea of the new movement. Twitter and other social networks began to block QAnon, several supporters of the movement were arrested, but it was impossible to stop this new wave of protests against the "secret intrigues of the behind the scenes power".
The movement has formed a solid platform of support for Trump, dozens of his supporters will run for Congress in November, and some of them have a chance to join the ranks of legislators. So, in Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Green should win, having announced her support for QАnon.
According to Der Spiegel, the number of QAnon activists in Germany has reached tens of thousands. Der Spiegel writes with indignation that these people believe in the development of the coronavirus by a Chinese laboratory, possibly with the help of Barack Obama to inflict the most damage on Donald Trump and prevent him from being re-elected president, and Trump for them is a hero fighting the "deep state."
In the United States, 34 percent of registered Republican voters support the movement. However, it is still unknown who is behind him. The movement is fueled by hatred of the growing propaganda spread by formerly respected media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Many Americans believe that they are not telling a word of the truth right now.
The US Democratic Party has mobilized to fight QАnon. Facebook removed nearly 800 movement groups, one of which consisted of 200,000 users. Other social networks did the same. But Der Spiegel's analysts say the time is lost, the movement has grown too big, despite the FBI calling its conspiracy theory a potential terrorist threat last year.
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