Up until 2008 there wasn’t a real nationalist scene in Lithuania apart from some small groups, however in 2008 the country experienced a “Big Bang” of radical nationalism. The build up of fascists, skinheads and nationalists erupted and marched through the streets (which later resulted in a lot of targeting by the police). Until 2013 nationalism was on the rise with LTJS (Lithuanian nationalist youth union) at the forefront. After that everything seemed to go downhill, Lithuania turned out to be a small country with high surveillance, vicious liberal media and Israeli funded ‘nazi watch‘. There were of course groups like Blood and Honor Lithuania, which, apparently, did not last long. At present the LTJS is a legal front for nationalism, but according to our comrades it is falling apart, crumbling from the inside, so to speak, due to poor leadership and administration. As it is trying to stay in the shade of legality, it can’t show its true nature and ambitions. Enter SKYDAS.
Apart from SKYDAS and LTJS there are no other nationalist movements. The need for an all out fascist movement was distinctly felt in many hearts of nationalists, which led to two groups of people separately planning to create a new movement. It just so happened that one member of one group befriended the people from the other group and from that day on the two bands came together as the founding members of what we now know as Skydas. During their first ventures there was no decided name or symbolism, but a common revolutionary fire was blazing in their hearts. National Action played a big role in inspiring Skydas, as well as Generation Identitaire, Nordic Resistance and Casapound. The very idea of Skydas is a manifestation of Gabrielle D‘Annunzio‘s and Yukio Mishima‘s legacy – their ideals, symbolism, artwork can be seen in our works. We took our name after the late author’s Yukio Mishima’s militia Tatenokai (Shield Society). Speaking of inspiration, Skydas passionately acknowledge that throughout history fascism was, is and must be always tied to art, which is also a big part of their activity. The founding members are some anonymous kids, students and graduates stuck in dead end office jobs.
Below is our exclusive interview with SKYDAS. We urge everyone to check out their youtube channel for some epic nazi retrowave stylings.
Did you start out creating Skydas already knowing what you want this group to be or did it experience some changes as it developed?SkydasWe knew what our goals were and how we wanted to look like from the very beginning. Keeping the current political and social status quo in Lithuania and Europe as a whole would harm the very idea of Skydas, which is why we wanted to present people with something they have never seen before. That is why we strive to be like a living organism, always growing, not too fanatical or dogmatic. Most changes occur as we study political doctrines, philosophy and history in our circle.HangmanWhat are the founding principles of Skydas and what is your overall plan of action in Lithuania?SkydasThe main goal is to establish a visible counter-culture for the youth. Freeing ourselves from all contemporary sub-cultures and uniting all youth under one idea. The idea of Fascism. For some time to come this means simply informing the youth that alternatives to the current social and political reality exist, providing alternative information sources, a space for people to discuss ideas that are officially taboo. We hope that in doing so we will help to bring up a generation that is much less likely to fall for liberal and leftist brainwashing. For now – the honest support us, the heroic join us.HangmanWhat kind of activism do you do?Our activism is mostly info warfare. Teaching kids the basics of politics and philosophy. We hold discussions, write articles, make informative videos. Currently stickering is getting us a lot of attention too. We did have some demonstrations with provocative banners, but since we hope to keep Skydas a semi-secret organisation, demos will not be a very important in our course of action. It‘s always a good idea to demonstrate what kind of activities we do, that is why we take videomaking and quality of our content very seriously. Another very important part of activism is creating humour. Internet memes are not for killing time, they are a new form of informative medium that we hope to use to its full extent.You’ve taken up a very particular style, could you tell us about its role?At the current state of affairs, our style is the backbone of what we are. Someone on the internet called us post-ironic meta-neo-fascists, and that sounds pretty great and goes according to our plan, to be exact – to provoke and create confusion to attract people that never had anything to do with subcultures like skinheads or metalheads, people that used to think nationalism/fascism/national-socialism is an excuse for degenerate people to gather and do degenerate things. We believe that it is a duty of every nationalist around the world to do what they can to change the image of nationalism. Now instead of associating nationalism with alcohol and beating people up the youth are bound to associate it with internet memes and aesthetic imagery.
HangmanDoes Skydas appear to be something novel on the Lithuanian nationalist scene? What was the reaction of the public so far to your appearance? What about the other nationalist groups and the police/government?SkydasYes. We came in like a storm to the Lithuanian nationalist scene. The nationalist and right wing groups were shocked. Getting such a reaction only proved that we are on the right path. At the moment the public barely knows about our existence, because we didn‘t receive substantial media coverage and for the time being this might be an issue. On the other hand we are always monitored by commie bastards, vatniks as they are known in this part of Europe. They already accused us of being a CIA financed lithuanian version of Maidan, counter-intelligence honeypot and so on. Speaking about other nationalist groups – we are doing everything to avoid conflicts and do not wish to be seen as competition.HangmanHow big is Skydas at the moment? Do you have multiple chapters across Lithuania or are you localized?SkydasWe have people all across Lithuania and with every video released we get new recruits asking to join our ranks. Membership is a few dozen at the moment.HangmanBenjamin Raymond of National Action has actually met up with your group, how did that go?SkydasBenjamin Raymond was the one who inspired us to create SKYDAS in the first place. Some founding members already know him for over two years, having met him on imageboard circles. The meeting here in Lithuania went great, with support from National Action we knew that we will do our part in contributing to the Fascist Spring that is going to start blooming across Lithuania and Europe very soon.HangmanWhat is the relationship between NA and Skydas?SkydasRelations between NA and Skydas are mutually inspirational, we are giving each other ideas for activism and visual imagery. We are constantly receiving tips for strategies of development, as NA is older and has much more experience. We try to keep close contact with our brothers in arms.HangmanWhat kind of news can we expect Skydas to become associated with once you break the media barrier?SkydasI think that once we break the media barrier, we will become the main boogeyman. But given some time, we just might succeed in changing the perspective of how the young people see Fascism and it will be a major victory for us all. Of course that would mean facing our enemies in a full-scale media war, but that is why we are starting small, to be prepared for fights to come.HangmanMany people find it hard to actually start up an actual group and get going. Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers and fascists worldwide that could prove useful?SkydasRevolution begins inside an individual‘s mind. Starting activism all alone requires courage, but our generation has an unique ability to organize online. We advise the readers to do just that. From imageboards to online games, one might find restless kids wishing to do something about the awful social reality anywhere. A Facebook meme page or a Youtube parody channel might prove to be the foundation of a successful organisation. One only has to learn to trust people, forgive their mistakes and act as a team. And never lose hope! “Der Sieg Wird Unser Sein!” (Victory will be ours!)