Anti-Muslim prejudice ‘is moving to the mainstream’

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Anti-Muslim prejudice ‘is moving to the mainstream’

Report warns of rapid growth of far-right groups that plan to provoke a ‘cultural civil war’
Members of Britain First, the far-right counter-jihad street protest group, march in Rochester, Kent
Members of Britain First, the far-right counter-jihad street protest group, march in Rochester, Kent. Photograph: Alamy

The “counter-jihad” movement in the UK is expanding rapidly, according to new analysis showing that 24 different far-right groups are currently attempting to whip up hatred towards Muslims and provoke a cultural civil war.

The most comprehensive report yet into the alliance of international counter-jihad organisations warns that Islamophobic groups in Britain are capitalising onpublic concerns following the Paris attacks and ongoing refugee crisis.

Next month, the former leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, often known by the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, will make his political comeback by fronting the relaunch of the UK arm of Pegida, the German anti-Islam organisation whose provocative rhetoric has prompted attacks on refugees.

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