On 19 April, a news release from the Home Office announced that the Home Secretary is taking action to proscribe Atomwaffen Division – a predominantly US-based white supremacist group that celebrates and promotes the use of violence in order to bring about a fascist, white ethno-state by means of a ‘race war’; and would also list its alias – National Socialist Order. If proscribed it would be a criminal offence to be a member of, or invite support for the group, with those found guilty facing up to 10 years in prison (a Bill before Parliament seeks to increase this to 14 years). It is said that the Atomwaffen Division claimed it had disbanded in March 2020 following pressure from US law enforcement agencies, but in July 2020, National Socialist Order announced itself online as its ‘successor’. It is anticipated that the proscription (listing) will take effect next week.
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