Another brick in the wall.
Sunday August 28,2011
By Eugene Henderson
POTENTIAL recruits to the English Defence League are being identified under a programme set up to track terrorists after the 7/7 attacks.
Counter-terrorism programme Channel has concentrated in the past on Islamic extremism, but now the scheme has been widened to take account of the rise in right-wing extremism, much to the anger of the EDL. The move follows the killing of 76 people in Norway by Anders Breivik after he was said to have been motivated by extreme right-wing ideologies.
Parents, teachers, community leaders and police officers are referring children and young adults who they feel may be at risk of being radicalised by groups such as the EDL and Combat 18.
Police in Lancashire have received a number of referrals following 12 arrests at an EDL demo and counter-protest in Blackburn in April.
Yet an EDL source said: “This is outrageous. All we do is voice the concerns of ordinary people who are fed up with the way politicians have let us down. How can we be seen in the same light as potential terrorists?”