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UK bans white-supremacist organisation The Base

Priti Patel. Photo: UK government

London, July 16 (MNN) UK has banned the white supremacist group, The Base, as an order that was laid in Parliament on July 12 to this effect came into force on Friday, the Home Office said.

This means that members of the proscribed terrorist organisation or those who invite support for the group could be jailed for up to 14 years and/or face an unlimited fine.

The Base have now been added to the list of proscribed organisations in the UK.

On July 12, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel took action to outlaw the extreme right-wing terrorist group which is a predominantly US-based organisation seeking to establish a white ethno-state.

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.

Home Secretary Priti Patel had said on Monday: “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.

“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.”

Proscribing organisations aid the police in its work to disrupt all forms of terrorist groups who threaten UK’s national security. This action also sends a strong message that The Base’s ideology and their actions are unacceptable and won’t be tolerated in the UK.

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.

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

In January 2020, alleged members of the group were arrested in the US, having been under FBI surveillance for months.

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

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 order laid in Parliament on Monday was debated and has subsequently come into force.

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