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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo, Richard Spence speaks at the Texas A&amp;M University campus in College Station, Texas. An attorney for associates of white nationalist leader Spencer says he'll sue Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati if they don't agree by Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 to make campus space available for him to speak. A Georgia college student contacted both schools recently about renting space in the latest effort to have Spencer speak on college campuses. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Richard Spencer was banned from 26 nations



Richard Spencer, a major player in white nationalism, has been banned from entering 26 nations in Europe.

Poland’s state-run news agency on Wednesday said that authorities there had blocked Spencer from Europe’s visa-free Schengen area for five years.

PAP cited unnamed sources close to Poland’s Foreign Ministry for the news about Spencer, and a source close to the agency confirmed to The Associated Press that the ban had taken effect.

AP’s source spoke on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak on the ministry’s behalf.

“I’m being treated like a criminal by the Polish government,” Spencer said on Wednesday. “It’s just insane.”

“I haven’t done anything,” added Spencer, who popularized the term “alt-right.” “What are they accusing me of?”

The 26 Schengen countries beside Poland include France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and more.

Spencer also said he scrapped plans to travel to Poland for a far-right conference in Warsaw earlier this month after seeing reports that its government wanted to block him from there.

“I just didn’t feel like it was worth it,” said Spencer, who was previously barred from the Schengen zone for three years after his 2014 arrest in Hungary.

Spencer was planning on hosting a conference in Hungary before his arrest in the European nation three years ago.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski last month called Spencer someone “who defames what happened during World War II, defames the Holocaust.”

“He should not appear publicly, and especially not in Poland,” Waszczykowski added of the 39-year-old American.

Spencer has become an increasingly visible figure in the U.S. this year following last August’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

White nationalists descended upon Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee there.

Spencer was scheduled to speak at a rally there before the situation ended in tragedy and bloodshed.

A car drove into a crowd of people counter-protesting the white nationalists, killing a woman from Charlottesville.

Two Virginia State Police Department officers also died in a helicopter crash that was linked to the unrest there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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