Are you a youth worker, who’s a Green and anti-capitalist? Beware of PREVENT!

Caroline Lucas cited as an extremist in the police's 'educational'
Caroline Lucas cited as an extremist in the police’s ‘educational’

What are the implications for youth work practice as a questioning dialogue between worker and young person of the following report in the Times Educational Supplement?

Police tell teachers to beware of green activists in counter-terrorism talk

Police have told teachers that they should consider envir­onmental activists and anti-fracking protesters as potential extremists under the government’s Prevent counter-terrorism strategy.

Sources at West Yorkshire Police confirmed that the attending teachers, drawn from across the Kirklees district, were warned about anti-capitalist and environmental extremists, as well as far-Right and al-Qaeda-inspired extremism.

The government has defined extremism in its Prevent strategy as: “Vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.”

Given I am vocal in my criticism of the charade of so-called democracy, the bias of the justice system, the distortion of what constitutes liberty, respect and tolerance in Britain, does this make me an extremist? Oh, sorry, and I admit I’m not keen on capitalism. My card is marked.


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