The UK far-left group Hope not Hate (HnH) claim that they are expanding into the United States and have promised to bring “undercover operatives” to the country.
Hope not Hate released the information on Twitter Tuesday afternoon urging followers to follow their new U.S. branch and donate to the project located at a new website address. The U.S. branch of the group tweeted out a picture from the Charlottesville torch march with the caption: “You bring your tiki torches. We’ll bring our undercover operatives.”
— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate_USA) August 21, 2017
Hope not Hate are a registered charity in the UK and are synonymous with far-left causes and have traditionally targeted far-right figures and groups like the British National Party.
Yet more recently the group has set its sights on groups like political party UKIP and has pursued campaigns against former leader Nigel Farage and right-wing journalist Katie Hopkins. Former UKIP parliamentary candidate Peter Harris claimed that HnH had acted as “attack dogs” for Labour MP Jon Cruddas during this year’s general election.
Muslim reformer Dr. Zuhdi Jasser has called the group “Orwellian” saying: “They’re basically doing the same thing as [Osama] Bin Laden and [Abu Bakr] Baghdadi [the leader] of ISIS… and the Saudi government.”
Late last year, HnH was slammed after a study by the Economist magazine showed the group inflating the number of “hate speech” incidents on Twitter following the murder of MP Jo Cox by as much as 3,000 per cent.
The U.S. Hope not Hate website is sparse, other than asking for donations. The registered address for the group is in the UK, meaning that it is likely not registered in the U.S. as a charity.
The site does not go into detail on whether or not its “undercover operatives” will be from the U.S. or flown in from the UK.
HnH is also partly funded by the UK government and one of its directors is sitting Labour MP Ruth Smeeth. The announcement of the new operatives may raise questions over the creation of a foreign-funded spy network, operating in the United States.
UK-based Alt-Left org announces it will be infiltrating protests in America to do… something. Imagine headlines if a Russian NGO did this? pic.twitter.com/oZieUL0OPp
— Jack Montgomery ن (@JackBMontgomery) August 22, 2017
Hope not Hate also has ties to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and both groups regularly cite each other’s research and material. The SPLC was slammed by many after claiming that UK Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz was an “anti-Muslim extremist”.
Nawaz said earlier this year that he was going to sue the SPLC for defamation for their characterisation of him, saying that the organisation put him in danger from radical Islamists.