The British newspaper The Times said that prisoners of the extreme right make up 20% of the total number of prisoners involved in terrorist cases in British prisons, which is an additional indication of the “increasing danger” of this extremist ideology.
The British Home Office data revealed that last year 42 out of 209 terrorist prisoners were classified as “carrying extremist right-wing ideas”, an increase of 18% compared to the previous year.
The same data also showed that the percentage of those arrested on terrorism charges during 2020 who consider themselves “original British” reached 81%, the highest percentage ever recorded.
The number of white people arrested for committing terrorist crimes in the Kingdom exceeded the number of Asians for the third year in a row, as the number of detainees of Asian descent was always higher than the percentage of whites from 2004 until 2018.
The British Home Office also announced that the police and intelligence services have been thwarted since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, 3 terrorist attacks and 28 terrorist plots since March 2017, despite the fact that the activities of terrorist individuals and groups decreased by a third during the past year to the lowest level in 9 years due to restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the epidemic.
Dean Haydon, the British chief counterterrorism police coordinator, said, “These statistics tell us two things. The first is that despite facing the unprecedented challenges created by the epidemic, the counterterrorism police continued to maintain the safety of citizens by making 185 arrests after more than 800 investigations.” Direct, which led to the pre-emption of 3 possible terrorist attacks. “
“The other issue is that while everyone has focused on protecting themselves and their families from this terrible epidemic, the terrorists have not stopped planning attacks or making the most vulnerable people extremists online, and as we follow the government’s roadmap to get out of the pandemic, there will be more opportunity for terrorists to act, and we want,” Haydon added. Citizens are required to participate, with the police and security services, in a societal effort to reduce the chances of attacks. “
The Times reported that the path of setting records for British terror prisoners based on their ideological beliefs began in 2013, when the percentage of right-wing extremists reached 6%, then decreased to 3% in the following two years, before it witnessed a steady increase on an annual basis.
Although the “vast majority” of these prisoners (75%) still hold “extremist Islamic” views, the number of prisoners registered as carrying this ideology has decreased over the past year from 177 to 156.
Experts believe that the “record rise” of the number of right-wing extremist prisoners is due to the increase in the number of right-wing organizations banned in Britain, as the “National Action” group was designated a terrorist group in 2017, and many neo-Nazi organizations such as ” The Feuerkrieg Division was added to the terrorist organization blacklist last July.