Brit kids groomed by sick far-right video games showing Muslims being beheaded
Far-right groups are recruiting children as young as nine with sick video games, a charity warns.
Exit UK, which helps people leave far-right groups, told how one British fascist sent 1,000 USB sticks with 30 neo-Nazi games on to young people.
Kids are recruited by extreme groups on forums, then encouraged to join other groups on encrypted messenger sites such as WhatsApp and Telegram, where they are offered the videos.
Recent games distributed across the country include ones that show Muslims being stabbed and decapitated, Jews being gunned down in a synagogue and black people being shot.
Exit UK head Nigel Bromage said: “What we are seeing is truly shocking. These faceless, core recruiters of the far-right are experts at grooming children, manipulating them through social media, memes and videos.
“The youngest child we’ve helped was just nine, whose older brother was giving him neo-Nazi games to play which showed Germans shooting British or American soldiers and people of Jewish heritage being hurt.
“The far-right is basically grooming young children into this terrible world of hate and it is heart-breaking. You can imagine how upset the mother of those two boys was when she came to us.”
Nigel, a reformed far-right activist who was once part of the National Front and Combat 18, fears lockdown has made fascists’ recruiting easier.
Since April, his team has taken 150 calls from worried family members or extremists wanting to leave far-right groups, up from 60 last year.
He said: “During lockdown people who might have been online for an hour or so were maybe on for five.
“They’ve seen the anti-Semitism, the 5G conspiracy theorists, the non-PC jokes and items about migrants. Most are sickened and say ‘We don’t want any part of this’, but other people become interested and start exploring forums where extremists are ready to groom them. From there they are persuaded into encrypted messenger sites where communication is set up.
“We are aware that one Brit made a neo-Nazi video that was put onto USB sticks and sent out to 1,000 people. It’s hard to control. They don’t charge for them because it’s all about brainwashing.
“They are crudely made but if this violence is your first introduction to the far-right and it’s that violent, where does that lead? These recruiters… simply urge people to commit direct action with videos like these and young people don’t realise they are just being used.”
A report by anti-extremist campaign Hope Not Hate revealed that many young people will buy into conspiracy theories pushed by racists and fascists because they feel alienated by the political system. Almost half of young men aged 16-24 surveyed believed that political violence is necessary in extreme circumstances.
Fourteen per cent of the same age group think Jewish people have an unhealthy control over the world’s banking system and 15 per cent believe the Holocaust was exaggerated.
Almost six in ten of those questioned have witnessed or experienced racism on social media.
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