Eco fanatics pose a risk of launching terror attacks on British soil, the country’s largest police force has warned.
In a stark assessment, Scotland Yard said it fears environmental extremists – who have so far damaged property and held highly disruptive protests – will resort to terrorist violence if they feel their voices are not being heard. [emphasis, links added]
Experts have warned that there is a growing risk of bomb attacks on the headquarters of fossil fuel firms and violence against their executives.
The Met’s warning appears in an annual review called the Force Management Statement. It says: ‘Terrorists and radicalizers will always look for opportunities to exploit in support of their ideology.
‘There is the potential for this radicalization to extend to environmentalism given the ever-increasing sentiment within this lobby and a sense of not being listened to by the government.’
One security source said: ‘These people believe the planet will end soon, and if they feel they are not being listened to, they will resort to extreme measures. They are also the most panic-ridden, neurotic people. So they could be radicalized to do crazy things.’
Another Prevent expert, who does not want to be named, said: ‘The protesters are already damaging property. The next stage for them would be to throw an improvised explosive device at a multinational company’s office, or intimidate and assault its employees.’
They added that many eco-groups are organized ‘bottom-up’ rather than ‘top-down’, so their members can launch their own actions.
Last night, Jonathan Hall KC, the Government’s independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said: ‘Terrorism has always been a broad church, and extreme environmentalism is more than capable of supplying a terrorist cause.’
Last month, a Freedom of Information request by the BBC revealed that since 2015, at least 32 eco-activists have been referred to Prevent.
So far, there has been one eco-terrorist conviction in Britain.
Nikolaos Karvounakis, 37, a Greek former serviceman, was jailed for eight years and four months in 2022 after leaving a bomb in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens in 2018. The High Court in Edinburgh heard that he was a member of a Mexican eco-terror group called the International Terrorist Mafia.
Yesterday, a Met counterterrorism spokesman said: ‘We are [aware of] the potential for radicalization to extend to environmentalism. We remain alert to any new or possible radicalization risk or tactics.’
Last year, the MoS also uncovered a plot by Animal Rising to halt the Grand National by storming Aintree racecourse. There were more than 100 arrests.
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