Veterans Against Terrorism
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Logo for Veterans Against Terrorism.
|Phil Campion (Official Spokesman)|
The Veterans Against Terrorism (VAT) is a group of British Military Veterans. It's a movement in the United Kingdom which opposes "Islamist extremists". The group is led by ex-soldier Richard Inman and reportedly has 8,500 members.
The group - formed in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena bombing which claimed the lives of four from North East England. VAT have said, "We are ... vexed by the polarization of our great country by elements of the extreme right and the extreme left who are seeking to divide us further, we do not identify with any of these groups or any political party", however they did march with the Football Lads Alliance which has faced accusations of being a far-right movement, and in January 2018 they pledged their support to the UK Independence Party (UKIP) on the condition that Gerard Batten replace Henry Bolton as leader.
- Churchill (25 July 2017). "Letter to the Prime Minister". veteransagainstterrorism.blog. Veterans Against Terrorism. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- Stewart, Stephen (24 November 2017). "'Entire Muslim religion is antichrist': Veterans' group leader accused of 'disturbing' comment ahead of Edinburgh march". Daily Record. Scotland. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
- Giannangeli, Marco (2 July 2017). "Thousands of veterans march against extremism and offer to form unarmed 'Home Guard'". Daily Express. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- Hill, Laura (16 February 2018). "Veterans Against Terrorism march in Newcastle: Charities distance themselves as organiser speaks". Evening Chronicle. Newcastle: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
- Poulter, James; Childs, Simon (23 March 2018). "Are the Football Lads Alliance another far-right street movement?". Vice. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
VAT pictured at a Football Lads Alliance march
- Churchill (28 January 2018). "Veterans full statement relating to support for Gerard Batten and UKIP". veteransagainstterrorism.blog. Veterans Against Terrorism. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
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