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Home Office challenged to crack down on far-right extremism following fascist protest outside asylum-seeker hotel

A FASCIST protest outside an asylum-seeker hotel in Scotland has sparked calls for the Home Secretary to do more to crack down on far-right extremism in Britain. 

Scottish Greens MSP Maggie Chapman has written a letter to Suella Braverman to express her concern at a demo organised by white nationalist group Patriotic Alternative in the Renfrewshire town of Erskine on February 5.

The protest targeting a hotel where asylum-seekers are being housed was reportedly attended by figures with links to National Action, a banned neonazi group. 

In her letter, Ms Chapman says the hate-filled event demonstrates the need for a “comprehensive reassessment of domestic violent extremism in the UK.

“The rise of far-right extremism in the UK is one of the greatest security threats and challenges we face across the country, and it is vital that we take it seriously,” she said. 

“That means urgently updating which organisations are to be proscribed terror groups and acting to curb that growth.”

Patriotic Alternative is the largest fascist movement in the UK and has links to nazi groups in Europe, according to Hope Not Hate. 

The MSP added that she was concerned that “toxic, authoritarian and anti-migrant policies” pursued by the Tory government was also fuelling some of the hatred seen in Erskine, referring to Ms Braverman’s “invasion” comments. 
 
She added: “We cannot allow ourselves to sleepwalk our way down a path of extremism. We must wake up to this very clear and present danger in our midst.”

A counter-demo by anti-racist groups was also held on February 5. 

Hotels and army barracks accommodating asylum-seekers have repeatedly been targeted by the far right in recent years. 

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The government takes the threat from all forms of terrorism seriously, including the warped ideology of the extreme right wing.”

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