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Extremist groups will use pandemic to advance agenda

Friday, May 1, 2020


Extremist and far-right activities.


Extremist far-right groups, fringe networks and militant organisations are actively using the COVID-19 crisis to mobilise support, spread disinformation and conspiracy theories, and incite violence through digital communication channels such as private chatrooms and encrypted messaging apps.


  • The pandemic will strengthen anti-minority, anti-immigrant and anti-free-movement lobbies in parts of the West.
  • Effective crisis management and clear communication from governments would help build public confidence.
  • Inflammatory or misleading statements by heads of state will deepen socio-political polarisation.

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