Activist groups Greenpeace, PETA added to UK counter-terror list

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Greenpeace activists attempt to destroy an experimental crop of genetically-modified maize from a site at Lyng, Norfolk, July 26. Image: Reuters

A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups as well as neo-Nazis, the Guardian has learned.

The guide, produced by Counter Terrorism Policing, is used across England as part of training for Prevent, the anti-radicalization scheme designed to catch those at risk of committing terrorist violence.

Police insist the guide is not meant to portray all the groups that it features as extremist and thus needing to be reported to them. They said it is meant to boost understanding of the signs and symbols people may come across, and point to a statement in the document that “not all of the signs and symbols noted within this document are of counter terrorism interest”.

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Non-violent groups featured in the document were furious at their inclusion. “Tarring environmental campaigners and terrorist organisations with the same brush is not going to help fight terrorism,” said John Sauven, the executive director of Greenpeace UK …. How can we possibly teach children about the devastation caused by the climate emergency while at the same implying that those trying to stop it are extremists?”

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