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Violent extremist tactics and the ideology of the sectarian far left

Research by Daniel Allington, King’s College London, Siobhan McAndrew, University of Bristol and David Hirsh, Goldsmiths, University of London.



The sectarian far left consists of a number of small, close-knit groups, each of which aspires to lead the workers into revolution. Survey data suggest that people who agree with the ideas promoted by the sectarian far left are more likely to sympathise with violent extremism.

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Published 19 July 2019
Last updated 25 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Disclaimer added to clarify that the views in the paper do not necessarily represent the views of the UK government.

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