UK bans US-based white supremacist group under terror laws

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The Base has celebrated and promoted the use of violence in an attempt to establish a fascist, white ethno-state by means of a ‘race war’, and members are known to have engaged in weapons and explosives training, the government stated in release…reports Asian Lite News.

The UK government is banning a US-based militant white supremacist organisation, The Base, which is led from Russia, as terrorist organisation.

Home Secretary Priti Patel condemned “evil white supremacist groups, who target vulnerable people across the world”, the BBC reported.

The Base will be the fifth extreme right-wing terrorist group to be proscribed in the UK, and the third to be proscribed within the last year.

The group was first formed in 2018 and shares many of its aims and ideologies with Atomwaffen Division and its alias National Socialist Order, which the Home Secretary proscribed earlier this year.

Proscription makes it a criminal offence to be a member of, or invite support for the group, with those found guilty now facing up to 14 years in prison, after the government increased the maximum sentence through the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021.

“We continue to take robust action against evil white supremacist groups, who target vulnerable people across the world to join in their hateful ideologies and their sick promotion of violence,” Patel said.

“I am committed to making it as difficult as possible for these organisations to operate in the UK, both by banning them and increasing the penalties for membership or support, in order to protect the public and our national security,” she added.

The Base has celebrated and promoted the use of violence in an attempt to establish a fascist, white ethno-state by means of a ‘race war’, and members are known to have engaged in weapons and explosives training, the government stated in release.

Its founder has also published a series of videos under his alias covering topics including “lone wolf” activity, advocating guerrilla warfare and leaderless resistance, the government said.

The Home Secretary’s decision to proscribe The Base follows advice from the Proscription Review Group, which brings together experts from across government including representatives from operational partners and the intelligence community to assess the risk posed by groups which may be considered for proscription.

The proscription, after approval from the UK Parliament, will come into force later this week.

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