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Canada formally labels the far-right Proud Boys group a terrorist entity

Proud Boys Proud Boys and other extreme right-wing groups among 13 added to Canada's terror list
Deanna Wagner | 04 February, 2021, 05:34

The Proud Boys first made headlines in Canada when several self-identified members in the Royal Canadian Navy disrupted an Indigenous protest in Halifax in 2017 and has since grown its worldwide profile and membership.

They're a far-right, male chauvinist extremist group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies.

"We have placed 13 new groups on that list including for ideologically motivated violent extremist groups".

He also explained that, in this case, he believed "the bulk of why the Proud Boys was listed is based on their activities in the United States more so than their activities in Canada... and it wouldn't just be January 6th, but January 6th certainly did not help".

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair told a news conference members "represent a serious and growing threat to Canadian society".

"Canada will not tolerate ideological, religious or politically motivated acts of violence", said Blair.

In addition to the Proud Boys, Canada's government categorized the Atomwaffen Division, The Base, and the Russian Imperial Movement as terrorist entities.

"There is no basis for it". It's infringement of free speech rights.

They said Canada is the first country to put the Proud Boys on such a list. The Proud Boys confronted the Mi'kmaw ceremony which itself was a protest for the removal of a statue of Halifax founder General Edward Cornwallis.

Tarrio said the Canadian chapters are very quiet compared to their American counterparts.

Proud Boys
Canada officially designates far-right group ‘Proud Boys’ as terrorist organization

The Cornwallis statue was later removed in 2018 and though there was no violence at the Proud Boys protest, several of the men who were serving military were reprimanded for their actions.

"This law and others have been decried by legal experts, civil liberties organizations, and racial justice advocates as threatening the fundamental rights of Canadians and people in Canada, and perpetuating the racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia inherent to the 'War on Terror,"' the ICLMG wrote in an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. They are white supremacists, anti-Semitics, Islamophobic, misogynist groups.

"I expect we will wait for that review to conclude before we make any determinations".

The terrorist designation in Canada means the group may have assets seized and face harsher terrorism-related criminal penalties.

He's the latest member of the group to be charged in connection with the riots, which left five people dead and delayed Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's election victory.

Sending money to the organization or buying Proud Boys paraphernalia would also be a crime.

"The group and its members have openly encouraged, planned, and conducted violent activities against those they perceive to be opposed to their ideology and political beliefs", the Canadian government said in briefing materials.

"In the aftermath of the United States presidential election, we have seen signals of escalation towards violence from a number of different groups including the Proud Boys".

The Proud Boys were formed in 2016 by Canadian Gavin McInnes, who co-founded Vice Media.

On Jan. 29, the U.S. Justice Department indicted two members of the Proud Boys-Dominic Pezzola and William Pepe-on a number of charges in relation to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach.

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