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Australia lists neo-Nazi Sonnenkrieg Division as terrorist group

The group is the only right-wing outfit to have been designated a terrorist organization by the Australian government

Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton addresses Parliament House in Canberra, July 24, 2019. (Rod McGuirk/AP)
Australia's Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton addresses Parliament House in Canberra, July 24, 2019. (Rod McGuirk/AP)

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia on Monday made the neo-Nazi group Sonnenkrieg Division, also known as SKD, the only right-wing outfit designated by the government as a terrorist organization.

SKD joins 26 Islamic militant groups designated under Australian criminal law as outlawed terrorist organizations.

SKD members have been convicted in Britain for plotting to attack the British royal family, as well as disseminating terrorist material.

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said SKD’s listing as a terrorist organization reflected the government’s commitment to stamping out violence and extremism of all kinds, regardless of ideology or motivation.

Screen capture from video of a demonstration of the UK-based far-right National Action group, of which Sonnenkrieg Division is a splinter. (YouTube)

“SKD adheres to an abhorrent, violent ideology that encourages lone-wolf terrorist actors who would seek to cause significant harm to our way of life and our country,” Dutton said in a statement.

The listing enables all available terrorist offenses and penalties to apply to SKD, including up to 25 years in prison for some offenses.

Until Monday, Australia was the only country inside the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network — which includes the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand — not to have labeled any right-wing extremist organization as terrorists.

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