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WASHINGTON - The number of US hate groups rose again in 2017, during President Donald Trump's first year in office, and has surged 20 percent since 2014, a US civil rights watchdog said on Wednesday.
The Southern Poverty Law Center's annual census identified 954 hate groups in 2017, a 4 percent rise from the year before. The increase followed a 2.8 increase in 2016, and the most recent number represents a jump of one-fifth from 2014.
Among the more than 600 US white supremacist groups, neo-Nazi organizations rose to 121 from 99. Anti-Muslim groups increased for a third year in a row, to 114 from 101 in 2016, after tripling in number a year earlier, the report said.