Activists warn banned National Action hasn’t gone away
ANTI-NAZI campaigners warned that a banned fascist group is still organising and recruiting members after four serving British soldiers were arrested under the Terrorism Act yesterday.
Police detained the four men who are alleged to be members of National Action as part of a planned operation in conjunction with anti-terror units from the West Midlands, Wales and the East Midlands.
A West Midlands police spokesman confirmed the soldiers had been arrested under the Terrorism Act “on suspicion of being a member of a proscribed organisation.”
Leading anti-racist campaigner Maz Saleem told the Star that the government needs to take urgent action.
She said that a known nazi organisation having members in the British army was “both outrageous and dangerous.”
“British soldiers are sent to Muslim countries where they sometimes kill people.
“In Iraq and Afghanistan people talked about extrajudicial executions — this would not be surprising if they have people like these. They should be expelled from all elements of the British armed forces.
“Theresa May needs to look closer to home and deal with white nazi supremacist terrorism immediately.”
National Action became the first far-right group in Britain to be banned in December 2016 after a Home Office report found it glorified the use of extreme violence and terrorism for ideological goals using social media to call for a “white jihad” in Britain.
It warned that National Action was trying to recruit young people and said it was a “virulently racist, anti-semitic and homophobic” organisation that endorses violence against ethnic minorities.
In October 2014, Garron Helm was jailed for four weeks after sending antisemitic abuse to Luciana Berger, while National Action member Zack Davies is currently serving a life sentence after the attempted murder of Sikh trainee dentist Sarandev Bhambra which he said was in response to the murder of Lee Rigby.
Despite the ban anti-racists warn that National Action has continued to organise, recruit members and train fascists for the “race war” they think is inevitable.
They are believed to operate in Scotland under the name Scottish Dawn — an echo of Greek fascist party Golden Dawn — and is using the name NS131 in north-west England.
Investigations by anti-racist organisation Hope Not Hate discovered the group has hired a warehouse in Warrington where it is alleged they operated a terrorist training centre.
Hope Not Hate said most of National Action’s 80 remaining members were unaware of where the lock-up is located or even the identity of group leader Christopher Lythgoe.
Insiders and neighbours have told how National Action members from across the country train regularly with knives and baseball bats at the warehouse, with exercises being so vigorous that activists have required hospital treatment.
An army spokesman confirmed that “a number of serving members of the army have been arrested under the Terrorism Act for being associated with a proscribed far right group” but said it would not be appropriate to comment further due to ongoing investigations.