A neo-Nazi group led by a 13-year-old Estonian boy should be banned as a terrorist organization, the British government has announced.
The Feuerkrieg Division, an international group that existed widely online, declared its dissolution earlier this year.
But Interior Minister Priti Patel has now asked parliament for permission to ban it in the UK.
It would be a criminal offense to be a member of the group or to invite them to support it.
Patel said: “This vile white supremacist group advocates violence and seeks to sow division, targeting young people and the vulnerable online.”
A statement from the Interior Ministry said that the organization advocated “the use of violence and mass murder in the context of an apocalyptic racial war”.
The statement added that, in retaliation for the arrest of one of its British supporters last year, the group distributed a list of police buildings and a picture of a senior police officer with a handgun. fire in the head and the words “traitor” on his eyes, urging the disciples to carry out attacks.
FKD was created at the end of 2018 and was looking for recruits online, in particular via its channels on encrypted messaging applications.
The group’s ideology promoted the idea that society would collapse in a racial war – thus paving the way for the creation of a neo-Nazi state – and that this process should be accelerated by terrorist activity.
National Action and Sonnenkrieg Division – both created in the UK – are the only neo-Nazi groups to have been added to the government’s list of prohibited terrorist organizations, which has more than 80 entries.
Hope not Hate activists welcomed the proposed ban on FKD, but said the government was “behind the curve” and that “the move to proscription fits the existing model of banning or disappearing groups for a long time after their threat disappears. “
Applicants for FKD membership were required to put up propaganda posters in their area and send photos to the chief.
The boy, who used the pseudonym of commander, was identified this year by the Estonian Internal Security Service, which said that under its legal system, “young children cannot be held legally responsible for crimes” and therefore “these cases must be dealt with by other legal means to protect the child from himself and to protect everyone from an alleged threat”.
Those linked to the group are the subject of lawsuits worldwide.
There are three ongoing UK terrorism prosecutions related to FKD.
In February, a member of the United States – who had discussed the fire at a Las Vegas synagogue – admitted to having committed a firearm offense following a counter-terrorism investigation.
In the same month, an American soldier linked to the group pleaded guilty to distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.
In Lithuania, an alleged adolescent is accused of leaving a bomb – which did not detonate – outside an office in his capital last year. Police said he was found in possession of bomb-making equipment and an improvised firearm.