Richard Spencer banned from 26 countries in Europe

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White nationalist leader Richard Spencer has been banned from entering 26 countries in Europe, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Spencer said in an interview that he hasn’t received government confirmation about his ban from the more than two dozen countries in Europe’s visa-free Schengen area, including Poland, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Sweden.

“I’m being treated like a criminal by the Polish government. It’s just insane,” Spencer said. “I haven’t done anything. What are they accusing me of?”

Spencer said he would try and contest the ban, which would last for five years, according to the AP.

{mosads}Spencer canceled plans to travel to Poland earlier this month after seeing reports the government was threatening to keep him out of the country, he said.

Spencer was previously banned from the Schengen zone for three years after his 2014 arrest in Hungary. 

Spencer, a leader of the “alt-right” movement, has been a lightning rod for controversy in recent months. He helped organize a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, which turned violent and led to the death of one person.

His speeches have drawn raucous protests, and university’s and other venues have canceled his speaking appearances, citing public safety concerns.

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