Extremism

Charlottesville removes Confederate statue near rally site
September 12, 2020 By Faith Matters

Charlottesville removes Confederate statue near rally site

A crowd cheered as workers in Charlottesville removed a Confederate statue near the site of a violent white nationalist rally three years ago. The removal of a bronze figure of a Confederate soldier known as “At Ready” is seen in Charlottesville as a milestone in eliminating divisive symbols of the Civil War. The Washington Post […]

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Charlie Hebdo artist seized by gunmen recalls sheer terror during 2015 attack
September 10, 2020 By Faith Matters

Charlie Hebdo artist seized by gunmen recalls sheer terror during 2015 attack

The Charlie Hebdo caricaturist who was forced at gunpoint to open the satirical newspaper’s door to two al Qaida extremists has described the moments of sheer terror during the 2015 attack in France. Corinne Rey had tears in her eyes but her voice was clear as she gave evidence at the trial of 13 men […]

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Turkey gives IS militant 40 life sentences for 2017 nightclub attack
September 8, 2020 By Faith Matters

Turkey gives IS militant 40 life sentences for 2017 nightclub attack

A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a suspected member of so-called Islamic State to life in prison for the New Year’s Eve attack on a nightclub in Istanbul in 2017 that left 39 people dead. Abdulkadir Masharipov, of Uzbekistan, was convicted of 39 counts of murder and one count of attempting to overthrow the constitutional […]

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Officer and three assailants killed in Tunisia resort attack
September 7, 2020 By Faith Matters

Officer and three assailants killed in Tunisia resort attack

Tunisian forces have shot dead three suspected Islamic militants who rammed their vehicle into security officers and attacked them with knives, killing one and injuring another in the coastal resort town of Sousse. Sousse was the site of Tunisia’s deadliest extremist attack in 2015, when a massacre killed 38 people, most of them British tourists. […]

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Probationary Met officer to face trial over alleged terror group membership
August 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Probationary Met officer to face trial over alleged terror group membership

A probationary Metropolitan Police officer will face trial next year for allegedly being a member of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action. Benjamin Hannam, 22, of Enfield, north London, is also accused of lying on his police application and vetting forms. He allegedly claimed he was not a member of National Action, which was outlawed […]

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Mayor tells vigil Reading community ‘shall not be divided’ by terror attack
June 27, 2020 By Faith Matters

Mayor tells vigil Reading community ‘shall not be divided’ by terror attack

The mayor of Reading has said the town’s community “shall not be divided” by the recent terror attack at a vigil held in memory of the victims one week on. Cllr David Stevens said the Berkshire town would always be “inclusive and diverse” at a private memorial event held in Market Place on Saturday evening. […]

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Home Office confirms environmentalists referred to anti-terror programme
April 14, 2020 By Faith Matters

Home Office confirms environmentalists referred to anti-terror programme

Environmental campaigners have been referred to the Home Office’s anti-terror Prevent programme amid fears they may become radicalised, it has emerged. Data obtained by The Times newspaper under Freedom of Information laws found at least 45 activists were referred to Prevent over alleged environmental extremism between April 2016 and March last year. The figures come […]

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Tommy Robinson ‘arrested over assault at Center Parcs pool’
March 3, 2020 By Faith Matters

Tommy Robinson ‘arrested over assault at Center Parcs pool’

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has been arrested after a fight broke out at a holiday park, it has been reported. The Sun said on Monday that 37-year-old Robinson got into a row with another man in the pool at Woburn Forest Center Parcs in Bedfordshire. Witnesses claimed that Robinson, whose real name […]

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Germany’s leaders look to blunt advance of extreme right following mass shooting
February 22, 2020 By Faith Matters

Germany’s leaders look to blunt advance of extreme right following mass shooting

Germany’s leaders are struggling to work out how to counter a recent rise in right-wing hate, 75 years after the Nazis were driven from power. Wednesday’s shooting rampage that began at a hookah bar in the Frankfurt suburb of Hanau was Germany’s third deadly far-right attack in a matter of months and came at a […]

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‘Institutional squeamishness’ over tackling violent extremism in jails
February 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

‘Institutional squeamishness’ over tackling violent extremism in jails

Violent extremism is “clearly not under control” in jails and there is an “institutional squeamishness” among Government officials to tackle the problem, a former prison governor has claimed. Ian Acheson, who led an independent review of Islamist extremism behind bars in 2016, made the comments after it is feared a convicted killer allegedly attempted a […]

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