Counter-terrorism document lists anti-fascists and animal rights groups as ‘extremists’

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An official document from British counter-terrorism police lists anti-fascists and animal rights campaigners as “extremists” alongside neo-nazi and other far-right groups, reports The Canary.

The Canary appears to be the first organisation to reveal the existence of this document, entitled Extremist Symbols and Flags. Reporters discovered this document online among training materials for the government’s ‘counter-radicalisation’ Prevent programme.

The document would appear to be no more than one year old, as it lists National Action and Scottish Dawn as proscribed (banned) groups. Scottish Dawn – which appeared just after National Action was banned in December 2016 – was only banned in September 2017.

It is unclear whether the document, by “Counter Terrorism Policing” of the “Eastern Region Special Operations Unit”, was produced specifically for implementing the PREVENT strategy.

We found the document within the “Safeguarding Topics” section of the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) website. It was in the “Resources” section of a page entitled “Prevent and Vulnerable to Radicalisation”.

Read more on The Canary.

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