UK government bans neo-Nazi terror group

The Home Secretary has today began the process of proscribing Feuerkrieg Division, or 'fire war division', the far-right terror group. Once this process is complete, it will become a criminal offence to be a member of or invite support for the group, with those found guilty facing up to 10 years behind bars.

Priti Patel has asked Parliament for permission to proscribe the white supremacist group, which was founded in late 2018 and operates across North America and Europe. They advocate the use of violence and mass murder in pursuit of an apocalyptic race war and promote their ideology online, often using social media platforms to target teens and people in their early 20s.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said:

This vile white supremacist group advocates violence and seeks to sow division, targeting young and vulnerable people online.

I am determined to do everything I can to stop the spread of extreme ideologies that encourage and glorify terrorism, which is why I have taken action to proscribe this group.

In September 2019, UK police apprehended a 16-year-old member of the group on terrorism charges. In retaliation for the arrest of one of its followers, Feuerkrieg Division distributed a list of police buildings and an image of a senior police officer with a gun to his head and the words “race traitor” across his eyes to its members, urging them to carry out attacks.

In April of this year, a 13 year old boy was arrested by Estonian police after a tip-off from the FBI. The 13 year old Estonian resident, and 'commander' within the group, posted explicitly neo-Nazi material online while recruiting new members of the terrorist organisation. In February, a 24 year old US based member of the group was arrested for being part of a plot to target CNN buildings with explosives. 

The decision to proscribe the group follows a meeting of the Proscription Review Group, which brings together representatives from the police and other partners to assess the risk posed by groups who may be considered for proscription.

The proscription order will come into force later this week, pending parliamentary approval.