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UN secretary general calls upon US to lead the way in fighting extremism




“The United States has a huge influence. The soft power of the United States is something that is evident in culture, in art, in many other respects. So what happens in the United States inevitably has a strong influence. in other parts of the world, “Guterres told CNN’s Jim Sciutto in an interview Friday.

“And so this kind of natural leadership creates a particular responsibility for U.S. leaders and for American communities, because what happens here is known everywhere and is inevitably reflected in other parts of the world,” he said. add.

Guterres, however, praised the “fantastic demonstrations of anti-racism” in the US and the young activists who led these demonstrations.

Domestic violent extremism represents the “biggest threat” in the US, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Some white supremacist and extremist groups took part in the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol, CNN reported earlier, and top Capitol security officials testified before Congress last month.
A U.S. intelligence report this week found that white supremacist extremists have the most “worrying” connections outside the United States because of like-minded views in other countries and that a small number of US (racially or ethnically violent extremists) have traveled to the United States. foreign to connect to particular related networks “.
The Anti-Defamation League was also published a report Wednesday saying it documented more than 5,000 cases of distribution of white supremacist propaganda, the highest amount recorded since the group began tracking it in 2016. The Covid-19 pandemic “generated conspiracy theories online and went encouraging some far-right national extremists to take more public action, “according to the ADL.
Last month, Guterres told the UN Human Rights Council that extremist movements “represent the number one internal security threat in several countries” and that these groups have “exploited” the Covid-19 pandemic to “increase its ranks through social polarization and politics and culture USA Today.

“This is something that really needs to mobilize us all,” Guterres told CNN on Friday. “It is a cause for all of us who believe in universal values, who believe in human brotherhood and human dignity.”

He warned that international cooperation between extremist groups is becoming “very extensive”.

“I think there is a permanent intercommunication, there are even mechanisms of mutual recruitment, mutual influence and at the same time we see some of these groups recruiting war veterans, recruiting former members of the security forces, having weapons and becoming a threat to our societies, and in the international sense, ”he said.

Guterres also offered that to address the issue “we need to promote our values” and “invest economically, socially and culturally in social cohesion”. He called for law enforcement and judicial systems to be trained to address these issues and “ensure that those who misbehave are held accountable.”