| 20 April 2024, Saturday |

Australia lists neo-Nazi group and Hezbollah as terrorist organisations

Australia designated The Base, a neo-Nazi organization, and Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia Islamist political party and militant group, as terrorist organizations on Wednesday.

Anyone who is a member of The Base, a white supremacist group formed in 2018, or Hezbollah is prohibited under the classification. Anyone convicted of being a member faces up to 25 years in prison.

“There is no place for violent extremism in Australia. There is no reason – religious or ideological – to kill innocent people “Karen Andrews, Minister for Home Affairs, told reporters in Canberra.

Hezbollah is not believed to be active in Australia, though authorities have said The Base has actively sought to develop cells.

Andrews declined to specify how many members of The Base there are in Australia. The Base was formed in the United States and has been listed as a terrorist organization in Canada and Britain.

U.S. ally Australia is on heightened alert after a series of “lone wolf” attacks in recent years.

  • Reuters