Canadian authorities have declared the Proud Boys group a terrorist organization.
Public Security and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair, said the decision was influenced by the group’s “key role” in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol.
This decision is surprising, considering that the Proud Boys have never caused any violence, especially not any kind of terrorist activity on Canadian soil.
Thanks to this provision, the assets of the Proud Boys can be frozen, and members of the group could be charged with terrorist offenses.
Additionally, any person belonging to that group may now be barred from entering Canada.
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio called the ban “nonsense”, assuring that there was no reason for it and that it was a flagrant violation of freedom of expression.
Who are the Proud Boys?
The Proud Boys were founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, a Canadian who is one of the co-founders of Vice Media.
Ever since McInnes founded the Proud Boys, Vice Media has distanced themselves from him.
The Proud Boys platform includes ideas advocated by former U.S. President Donald Trump, libertarianism, and traditional gender roles.
The Proud Boys admit only “biological men,” but of all races and sexual orientations, who share a common commitment to freedom of speech and the closure of borders.
Also, Proud Boys members have libertarian views on the scope of the state apparatus and social benefits, and consider that “women should be women, and men should be men”.
The organization is believed to have emerged in response to increasingly violent leftist and communist organizations such as Antifa, which, under the guise of human rights and freedom of speech, are pursuing a policy of terror in all major American cities.
Canada equated the Prod Boys with Islamist terrorist organizations
Canada has added 12 more groups to the terrorist list - three neo-Nazis, eight organizations linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, and the Kashmiri group Hezbollah Mujahideen.
Minister Blair said Canadian intelligence agencies had been working for months, and in some cases years, to gather the evidence needed to put a group on a terrorist list.
Minister Blair also stated that Canada will not tolerate ideologically, religiously, or politically motivated violence in the future as well.