The Canadian government has designated the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization under the provisions of the Canadian Anti-Terrorism Act.
Public Safety Canada announced in a statement on Wednesday that the decision was based on the Proud Boys’ involvement in the siege on the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6th, that was choreographed by ex-President Donald Trump:
The Proud Boys is a neo-fascist organization that engages in political violence and was formed in 2016. Members of the group espouse misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and/or white supremacist ideologies and associate with white supremacist groups. The Proud Boys consists of semi-autonomous chapters located in the United States (U.S.), Canada, and internationally. 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 group regularly attends Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests as counter-protesters, often engaging in violence targeting BLM supporters. On January 6, 2021, the Proud Boys played a pivotal role in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Leaders of the group planned their participation by setting out objectives, issuing instructions, and directing members during the insurrection. The leader of the Proud Boys was arrested two days before the insurrection as part of a stated effort by U.S. law enforcement to apprehend individuals who were planning to travel to the D.C. area with intentions to cause violence.
Trump infamously refused to denounce white nationalism when pressed on the topic by moderator Chris Wallace at the first presidential debate last October.
Instead, Trump encouraged the Proud Boys to prepare for battle.
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem,” Trump said. “This is a left-wing problem.”
On Wednesday, January 13th, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for inciting an insurrection. His Senate trial begins next week.
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