The Canadian authorities added the Proud Boys, an extremist group with ties to white nationalism, to its checklist of terrorist organizations.
Public Security Minister Invoice Blair introduced Wednesday the Proud Boys had been considered one of 13 teams now designated as terrorist organizations, together with the Russian Imperial Motion and two neo-Nazi teams — the Atomwaffen Division and The Base.
“Canada is not going to tolerate ideological, spiritual or politically motivated acts of violence,” Blair mentioned.
Canada is the primary nation to designate the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity.
Being designated as a terrorist group would enable the group’s property to be seized and enhance terrorism-related legal penalties.
A authorities official mentioned simply because an individual is a member of the group doesn’t imply they are going to routinely be charged with against the law. But when that individual had been to interact in violent acts, they might face terrorism fees.
Sending cash to the group or shopping for Proud Boys paraphernalia would even be against the law.
The announcement comes a bit of greater than per week after Canada’s House of Commons unanimously passed a motion calling for the federal government “use all accessible instruments to handle the proliferation of white supremacists and hate teams beginning with the instantly designating the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity,” Global News reported.
The movement was launched by the chief of the nation’s New Democratic Celebration Jagmeet Singh, who urged Canadians to “maintain the strain on” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal authorities to formally add the group to the checklist of terrorist organizations, which incorporates Boko Haram, the Taliban and Al Qaeda.
Singh celebrated the announcement calling it a victory for younger individuals, working individuals and Black, Brown and Indigenous individuals on Twitter.
The Proud Boys had been based in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, a Canadian, and described themselves on the time as a politically incorrect males’s membership for “Western chauvinists.”
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McInnes give up the Proud Boys after an October 2018 conflict between members of the Proud Boys and Antifa that adopted a McInnes speech at a New York’s Metropolitan Republican Membership.
The group is understood for its “anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric,” based on The Southern Poverty Law Center, a authorized advocacy group that has designated the Proud Boys as a hate group. The SPLC has been warning concerning the group’s violent tendencies for years.
The Canadian authorities calls the Proud Boys a neo-fascist group with semiautonomous chapters positioned in america, Canada, and internationally. It mentioned it engages in political violence and that members espouse misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and white supremacist ideologies.
The group has confronted renewed criticism after several members were arrested for participating in the deadly riot on the Capitol constructing in assist of former President Donald Trump. A Canadian authorities senior official mentioned the Jan. 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol contributed to the designation.
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Enrique Tarrio, the group’s present chief, was arrested final month in Washington, D.C. and charged with destruction of property in reference to a December incident the place Tarrio set hearth to a Black Lives Matter banner after a Trump rally. The banner had been taken from a historic Black church.
Contributing: Joel Shannon and Will Carless, USA TODAY; The Related Press
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