Wednesday 27 September 2017

Following further arrests of suspected Nazi, National Action members, anti fascists call for more scrutiny of fascist terrorism

National Action  duck for cover in Liverpool

 

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Anti-fascists have responded to the arrests of 11 suspected members of a banned, neo-Nazi terrorist group across England and Wales. Those arrested are believed to be supporters of the proscribed, National Action, nazi group, whose leaders, split from the  British National Party.

Six men have been arrested in north west England, including one already in prison, two in Wales and Yorkshire and one man in Wiltshire.  

They were also arrested on suspicion of offences including preparing terrorist acts.

This follows of course, from the recent arrests of supporters of National Action, two soldiers and a civilian on related charges, http://uaf.org.uk/2017/09/four-alleged-members-of-nazi-national-action-arrested-on-terror-charges/

eg with having documents likely to be useful to a person preparing to commit an act of terrorism, and distribution of a terrorist publication

 

A pernicious Nazi sect of around 100 people, National Action was formed in part by ex BNP young members. They aimed to pursue 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 arrests point to a  huge stack of evidence that much greater prominence must be given to the fight against far-right terrorism.

“There are clear double standards 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 not 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 streets, the far-right is increasingly turning to violence and terrorism.

“Outrages such as the killing of Jo Cox, the murder of Mohammed Saleem and attacks on mosques, for instance, the stabbing of a Muslim surgeon in Manchester, at the weekend, show that the threat is real and must be taken seriously.

“National Action are a despicable Nazis who use Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia and threats of violence to intimidate all who oppose their sick ideology. They are a tiny part of the growing threat of far-right terrorism which must be prioritised and defeated.

Notes to editors:. 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.
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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