UK’s MI5 to combat extreme rightwing terrorism: Report

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Sun Oct 28, 2018

Senior British far-right figure Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (C), AKA Tommy Robinson, addresses supporters, in central London on October 23, 2018. (AFP photo)
Senior British far-right figure Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (C), AKA Tommy Robinson, addresses supporters, in central London on October 23, 2018. (AFP photo)

The MI5 domestic intelligence service of Britain has taken over the responsibility in combating extreme right-wing terrorism in the country as fears grow that white supremacists are increasing their efforts to foment violent racial conflict in the UK.

The Guardian newspaper said in a report on Sunday that MI5 will lead the mission to monitor far-right extremism, a responsibility that had previously been assigned to the British police.

MI5 was previously tasked with countering terrorism linked to Takfiri ideologies, like Daesh and al-Qaeda, and those related to a separatist movement in Northern Ireland.

The Guardian said the new move to assign MI5 with countering the far-right rise came after months of negotiations between the intelligence service, the police, and senior government officials.

It said the decision came after British authorities felt the rise of Islamophobic and anti-immigrant voices in the country had become a case of national security.

MI5 will, under the new arrangement, be responsible for identifying suspects and assessing what danger they pose, conducting network analysis and ranking threats, said the report, adding that the Counter Terrorism Command in the British police will still maintain its executive lead in busting plots and making arrests.

Britain has seen a sensible surge in far-right activity over the past years, especially since a debate began in the country on whether it should remain in the European Union or leave the bloc after more than 40 years.

There has also been a direct link between senior far-right figures in Britain and certain white supremacist elements in the United States, which many fear could help foment racial conflicts in the UK in the near future.

∫∫∫  Translation: UK internal police force running ops against it’s own people for criticizing the destruction of their culture and country.  Can anyone say Stasi?

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