From the Baltic to Bulgaria -- everywhere in Europe right-wing and vigilantes have grown to hunt down refugees, sometimes physically abusing and robbing them, and expelling them. Many of them came years ago out of its previous existence as a protective force against alleged "Gypsy crime" on.
Now they have discovered vigilante activity that they hope to receive increased social acceptance for: the so-called "migrant defense." They patrol as self-appointed vigilantes in riot gear against refugee camps. They “help” the police and the army in border management.
The Czech political analyst and researcher of extremism Miroslav Mares of the Masaryk University in Brno calls vigilantes an "uncontrolled and dangerous phenomenon... They are well organized, action-ready political forces."