Tuesday 12 September 2017

After National Action/army terror charges, anti-fascists call for greater scrutiny of far-right terrorism

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 After National Action/army terror charges, anti-fascists call for greater scrutiny of far-right terrorism
Anti-fascists have responded to the charges laid againsttwo soldiers in the British army, (and a third man)  who have been accused of terror offences relating to an investigation into a banned Nazi group, National Action.Alexander Deakin, Mikko Vehvilainen, and Mark Barrett, 24, have been charged over their alleged membership of National Action.

 

Two of the men were also charged, last night, with having documents likely to be useful to a person preparing to commit an act of terrorism, and distribution of a terrorist publication.

 

Deakin also was charged with inciting racial hatred over National Action stickers that were posted at Aston University campus in Birmingham, last year.

Five arrests were made last week, under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act, due to suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation, National Action.
Two of those arrested  were released without charge at the weekend..
A pernicious Nazi sect of around 100 people, National Action was formed in part by ex British National Party young members intent on following a violent terrorist path following the electoral defeats of the BNP and humbling of far-right street mobilisations by anti-facists.
Despite almost a third of those monitored under the Government’s Prevent scheme believing in far-right ideologies, National Action remains the first and only far-right group to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, added to the list of over 70 groups in December 2016.
Sabby Dhalu, Joint Secretary of Unite Against Fascism said:
“These charges are one more piece in an already huge stack of evidence that much greater prominence must be given to the fight against far-right terrorism.
“There is a clear double standard in the way we treat terrorism in this country: Media headlines and government announcements focus almost exclusively on terrorist activity by those claiming to be Muslims, while around a third of all suspected terrorist activity is coming from the far right.
“The murder of Jo Cox and the outrage in Finsbury Park show that this is far from being a minor threat. Rather than demonising Muslims and contributing to Islamophobia, we call on politicians and the media to take the growing threat of far-right violence and terrorism as seriously as it does ISIS-type terrorism”

Weyman Bennett, Joint Secretary of Unite Against Fascism said:

“After being defeated at the ballot box and on the street, the far-right is increasingly turning to violence and terrorism.
“Outrages such as the murder of Jo Cox, the murder of Mohammed Saleem and numerous attacks on mosques including Finsbury Park show that the threat is real and must be taken seriously.
“National Action are a despicable, pathetic group of Nazis who use Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia and threats of violence to intimidate all who oppose their sick ideology. They are only a tiny part of the growing threat of far-right terrorism which must be prioritised and defeated.
Notes to editors:1. Unite Against Fascism is a broad-based coalition supported by major trade unions and faith groups. It played a key role in reversing the rise of the BNP and EDL and works with anti-fascist groups across Europe to combat the far-right.
2. Unite Against Fascism will be organising a session at Confronting The Rise In Racism 2017 on tackling the rise of the far-right in Britain & Europe. Details of the conference can be found at bit.ly/CRIR17 and at the facebook event

For further information and quotes contact;
email: info@uaf.org.uk
twitter.com/uaf
facebook.com/uafpage

 


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