Far-right group impersonates Extinction Rebellion to post inflammatory messages about ‘white Brits’ and COVID-19 online and in the streets
A far-right group has again impersonated the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion in order to post inflammatory messages online and on the streets about ‘white Brits’ and COVID-19.
Posters displaying the Extinction Rebellion font and logo have been observed in Bedford describing “white Brits” as an “endangered species”, while similar posters were seen in Brighton earlier this year. Local police are investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, online a fake Twitter account which purported to be Extinction Rebellion’s East Midlands regional arm declared that “Corona is the cure. Humans are the disease!” in reference to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The tweets showed pictures of posters in the local area displaying that message.
It has been suggested that both the posters and the Twitter handle are the work of a far-right group called the Hundred Handers.
The Hundred Handers is an anonymous far-right group that apparently takes its name from a many-headed monster in Greek mythology with a hundred hands, in reference to its practice of producing posters and stickers, disseminating them to its membership and expecting members in Britain and the United States to append them to public property. The initials of the name, HH, are also the intials of the phrase ‘Heil Hitler’ and are a common neo-Nazi moniker.
Extinction Rebellion has repudiated the posters and Twitter account, as it recently did its own co-founder after he used inflammatory language regarding the Holocaust.