"A SCOTS anti-Muslim extremist is spearheading a hate-filled military group who hunt down asylum seekers in Bulgaria.
Ultra-right winger Jim Dowson donned camouflage fatigues to join the heavily armed Shipka Bulgarian National Movement stalking migrants who cross the Turkish border.
Dowson, a fanatical anti-abortion campaigner and founder of the Britain First group, has made a series of videos begging donors in Europe and America to send funds to arm the ragtag militia.
He has also appeared on Russian TV, backing the sinister anti-Islam Knights Templar International group and whipping up support for far-right groups in Hungary and other eastern states.
Dowson says the Turkey-Bulgaria border is the key strategic point to be defended from refugee “invaders” who he claims are seeking to take over the world.
Donald Trump supporter Dowson, from Airdrie, boasts of donating bulletproof vests, night vision goggles, drones and other supplies to the thugs and asks US supporters to sign up or send money.
The Daily Record has uncovered a video showing Dowson hunting down asylum seekers alongside masked and heavily armed Bulgarian skinheads.
In the sickening footage, Dowson whispers to the camera: “We are on the Bulgarian Turkish border on patrol and looking for illegals. The dedication these guys have got is very impressive.
“The borders of Europe are being protected more by these men than our governments.
“Today, the Knights Templar International brought along vests and ballistics and drones and night vision, stuff that these guys desperately need.
“A big thank you to supporters in America and the Philippines and other countries who have contributed to this.
“These are men and women, mainly ex-forces, doing it in their own free time, facing all sorts of risks and dangers.
“These are good people and they’re very very deserving of your support.”
In another video, Dowson tells the Bulgarian thugs: “When my grandfather was alive, this land was ruled by Ottomans, by the Muslims. Now they’re coming back. Remember the forces of Islam once got as far as Vienna. Now they are as far as John O’Groats in Scotland and more and more are coming in.
“This is not political, this is a fight between good and evil, black and white, a fight of the cross, a fight of Christ.
“If you can, please come train with these people, help them. If you’re too old or can’t leave your job, send them some money.
“Get them organised, help them, supply them, meet their needs because they’re guarding your border, my border, the whole of the free western world’s border, even America’s border. The fight is here.”
Dowson formed racist political group Britain First and was closely associated with mosque invasions across the UK where thugs forced their way into the places of worship and confronted imams.
He has also been a key fundraiser for other groups like the BNP.
Earlier this year, Dowson and BNP supremo Nick Griffin travelled to St Petersburg in Russia for a rally of far-right groups.
Dowson also appeared at the Knights Templar International Hungarian Border Mission as a delegate and staged meetings with banned Hungarian neo-Nazi group Magyar Önvédelmi Mozgalom.
A spokesman for anti-racist group Say No To Hate said: “Dowson and Griffin are clearly up to something.
“They are spending a lot of time in eastern Europe, presenting themselves as viable voices.
“They are simply churning out the same messages of intolerance that they did back in the UK.
“Dowson is appealing to Americans for donations to supply a militia group in Bulgaria, which seems quite alarming.
“They are running around the woods at the Turkish border with rifles, determined to round up refugees. It’s a dreadful proposition. I would urge anyone in the UK or further afield to have nothing to do with them.”
Dowson was recently named in a dossier leaked to the Record detailing the most dangerous extremists.
The 180-page report – The Counter-Jihad Movement: Anti-Muslim Hatred from the Margins to the Mainstream – names 920 key activists and groups in 22 countries.
Among them was Norwegian Anders Breivik, who killed 69 young people at a summer camp on the island of Utoya in 2011 and slaughtered eight people by setting off a van bomb in Oslo.
Dowson is active in Loyalist circles and helped launch the Protestant Coalition, who have links to Britain First. He is also an ex-Calvinist minister and anti-abortionist and set up a BNP call centre in Northern Ireland.
The Daily Record contacted Dowson to ask him about the videos and his support for the Shipka Bulgarian Movement.
He said: “The only time I have ever spoken to the Record you have done nothing but a hatchet job so you’re going to write whatever you’re going to write. You don’t really need a comment from me.”
When our reporter stressed that Dowson had been approached to give him an opportunity to comment, he replied: “Aye right. Okay. Nae bother. Listen, have a nice day my friend.”
The Shipka Bulgarian National Movement claim to be “at war” with Muslim immigrants coming into the country from Turkey.
Their hero is self-styled “migrant hunter” Dinko Valev, 29, who has organised gangs of vigilantes to hunt down asylum seekers in Bulgaria.
Shocking images were published earlier this year showing terrified migrants – including children – being forced to lie face-down on the ground after being rounded up by one of Valev’s patrols.
A Helsinki Committees for Human Rights spokesman said: “Valev admits that he has hurt these people.
“He is not only spreading fear of refugees within Bulgarian society and inspiring people to treat them with hostility and reject them, but he’s also asking for his actions to be supported.”