The Australian Government declared this Wednesday as terrorist organizations the Islamic group of Lebanese origin Hezbollah and the neo-Nazi collective The Base, founded in the United States in 2018.
In a televised conference, Australian Home Secretary Karen Andrews said the decision was made at a time when the country is opening its borders, closed since the start of the pandemic, which will increase the concentration of crowds and an increased risk of attacks.
“The Base is a violent, racist and neo-Nazi group that, according to security agencies, have planned terrorist attacks. The Base has been outlawed as a terrorist organization by the Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom ”, the minister explained.
Andrews pointed out that Hezbollah “continues to threaten terrorist attacks and support terrorist organizations,” thus declaring the entire organization a “terrorist”, which has a military and a civilian arm.
The minister stated that The intention of the Government is not to create fear among citizens, but to protect their security and not lower their guard against the risk of terrorist attacks.
The Base was formed by the American neo-Nazi activist Rinaldo Nazzaro, who is believed to be in Russia, and is active in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe with a supremacist ideology that advocates the creation of ethno-states of white race through violent actions.
Hezbollah (“Party of God”) is a Shiite Islamic movement born in 1985 in the framework of the Lebanon war with the help of Iran and its objective is to fight against Israel and the Western forces led by the United States.
This organization has a political party in Lebanon, as well as NGOs, schools, a secret service and a powerful militia that has been involved in the armed struggle against Israel and in the wars in Bosnia and Syria.
Hezbollah is considered a terrorist group by the European Union (only the military arm), the United States, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay and Japan, among others, but not by other countries such as China, Cuba, Iran, Russia and Venezuela.