Here’s How We Should Combat Radical Right-Wing Terrorism

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After the Manchester attack the Mayor of Greater Manchester, former MP Andy Burnham, responded by launching the Greater Manchester Preventing Hateful Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion Commission to further understand how a resident of Manchester could commit such a brutal atrocity against children and what can be done to stop it happening again.

The Center of Analysis of the Far Right has reviewed the document regarding strategies to combat right-wing extremism. There is much to digest in this document, but it is the commission’s second aim – a community-led approach to tackling hateful extremism – that has particular relevance to the radical right. This is especially true when you consider that the Manchester Arena attack prompted a surge in hate crimes, with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) recording a 130% increase across the city-region. As shocking as this rise appears, the figure hides an even more worrying – yet depressingly predictable – increase. Anti-Muslim hate crimes rose by a staggering 500% in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack, with the city’s resident Muslim population bearing the brunt of people’s anger.

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