UK Must Be Prepared For Far-Right Extremists’ “Civil War On Islam”: Report
Far-right extremists in the British are moving increasingly as they prepare for what they believe is a "civil war on Islam", a new report released by a UK-based anti-racism group found.

A report by Hope Not Hate, a campaign group which investigates neo-Nazi groups to combat far-right extremism, warns of further violence emanating from various factions following the Finsbury Park terror attack on Muslims and neo-Nazi murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Nick Lowles, chief executive of Hope Not Hate said: “We are facing a surging threat from far-right terrorism and violent extremism. We fear further violence from the extreme right in the months to come,”

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“This rising terrorist threat is the consequence of the increasingly confrontational tone of online far-right rhetoric, combined with the almost universal extreme-right belief that a civil war between Islam and the West is coming,” he added.

The group’s annual report said the threat that organised far-right groups posed has been replaced by new networks which had been developing online.

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Lowles called on the police and the government to do more to crack down on the peddlers of hate and those pushing a “civil war rhetoric”.

According to the group, with the combination of “civil war” rhetoric and growing online hatred, “we must be prepared for more terrorist plots and use of extreme violence from the far-right for the foreseeable future”.

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“Some say the only way to stop it is by people like themselves doing something about it, because they believe the state has allowed this to happen through multiculturalism and integration.” Lowles said.

According to Hope Not Hate, a record number of people are being arrested for suspected terror offences in the UK, with 28 suspects detained for far-right-inspired crimes in 2017.

The group also noted that with increasingly negative views towards British Muslims and Islam more generally, there is a growing pool of possible recruits for the far right and, with some now having huge social media platforms, they now have ways to reach people that were unimaginable in the past.

UK security minister Ben Wallace said: “At its heart this report shines a light on the growth of intolerance across the UK and Europe and we should all take a stand against extremism whether it is expressed by far right, Islamist groups or other movements,”

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