Coronavirus lockdowns could radicalise more terror suspects, the EU’s police agency has warned, saying both right and leftwing violence are on the rise.
Europol director Catherine De Bolle said, as she unveiled the organisation’s latest terrorism trends report, the pandemic’s worldwide economic and social impacts could escalate existing discontents.
These developments have the potential to further fuel the radicalisation of some individuals, regardless of their ideological persuasion.
Activists both on the extreme left and right, and those involved in jihadist terrorism, attempt to seize the opportunity the pandemic has created to further propagate their aims.
While many right-wing extremist groups across the EU have not resorted to violence, they contribute to a climate of fear and animosity against minority groups.
Such a climate, built on xenophobia, hatred for Jews and Muslims and anti-immigration sentiments, may lower the threshold for some radicalised individuals to use violence against people.
Finland will scrap travel restrictions and quarantine for European countries such as Italy and Germany from 13 July if infection rates remain at current levels.
The Finnish government will allow in travellers from European countries where infections remain at a maximum eight cases per 100,000 inhabitants over a period of two weeks, Finland’s minister of interior, Maria Ohisalo, said.Continue reading...