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Exclusive: Feuerkrieg Division was banned this month but its members are already active in different groups as extremists ‘evolve’ New neo-Nazi groups will continue to emerge as online communities of extremists adapt to government bans, it has been warned. Feuerkrieg Division (FKD) became the sixth far-right network to be proscribed as a terrorist group by the UK earlier this month. Like other emerging neo-Nazi groups, members communicated primarily online, sharing their ideology, propaganda, terror manuals and attack plots under pseudonyms in encrypted chats. Experts told The Independent that the model made it easy for extremists to “evolve” and move to new networks not covered by the government’s ban. Patrik Hermansson, a researcher at Hope Not Hate, said: “We will see new names, new groups. FKD have been shut down for months and it’s done very little to stop them.” He warned that existing members had not changed their views, adding: “Many have never met each other in real life, they’re from different countries, it’s complicated to prosecute.” Allegedly started by a 13-year-old Estonian boy in 2018, FKD members spanned more than a dozen countries and few met in person. The group announced its own dissolution in February and the Home Office admitted that members remain active through other channels.

via independent: New neo-Nazi terrorist groups will emerge as government bans ‘not effective’, experts warn