Canada labels Proud Boys a terrorist entity

Canada labels Proud Boys a terrorist entity
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  • calendar-gray 04 February 2021

Canada has designated the far-right group Proud Boys as a terrorist entity, APA reports citing BBC.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said the decision was influenced by the group's "pivotal role" in the 6 January riots at the Capitol in Washington, DC.

The designation allows the Proud Boys' assets to be frozen, and members of the groups could be charged with terrorist offences if they commit violent acts.

The group is far-right, all-male and anti-immigrant, and has a history of violent political confrontations.

It was founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, the Canadian co-founder of Vice Media. Vice has since worked to distance itself from Mr McInnes and the Proud Boys.

The Proud Boys' platform includes ideas espoused by former US President Donald Trump, libertarianism and traditional gender roles.

 

The group was mentioned by Mr Trump during the first US presidential debate last October.

 

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