Canada Declares Extreme Pride Boys A Terrorist Organization

2021-02-03   |   by CusiGO

Bill Blair, Canada’s public security minister, announced on Wednesday that 13 new terrorist organizations would be added to Canada’s list of terrorist organizations, saying at a news conference that it was “an important step in the fight against all forms of violent extremism.”. “The government of Canada will continue to take appropriate measures to combat terrorist threats to Canada, its citizens and the interests of the world,” he added. Four of them – one proud boy – are associated with white supremacy; the other nine are jihad.

Canada’s parliament passed a motion on January 25 asking Justin Trudeau’s government to add proud boys to the list. The initiative, put forward by the leader of the New Democratic Party, jagmett Singh, has been unanimously supported by political forces. Singh called on the government to “use all available tools to combat the spread of white supremacists and hate groups, and first of all immediately designate the proud boy as a terrorist entity.”. Blair pointed out at that time that the investigation was already in progress, but all kinds of evidence needed to be carefully analyzed before taking action.

Canada’s concerns about proud boys have increased since their involvement in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Although it’s not new on Canadian soil. In July 2017, five members disrupted a demonstration by the Halifax indigenous group in Nova Scotia. The incident had a significant impact on the country, as these people were soldiers. Proud boy is a group that recommends violence, only accepts men to join them, and shows strong nationalism, misogyny and anti Muslim speech. They describe themselves as “Western chauvinists” and are tired of apologizing for “creating the modern world.”. It was founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, a Canadian born Briton, although McInnes withdrew from the movement in 2018, when the FBI began to view it as an extremist organization linked to white nationalism.

The atomwaffen division, the Russian Imperial movement and Al Qaeda are other far right entities associated with racism and violence, which are on the list today along with proud boys on the government of Canada’s list of terrorist organizations. “They are paranoid, they express hatred, and as we can see, they can be very dangerous,” Blair said. The nine Jihad court groups include: Islamic state of Bangladesh, Medina liberation front, Hezbollah, ansaldin and greater Sahara Islamic state.

Inclusion in the list of terrorist entities means, inter Alia, increased monitoring of the activities of these groups, possible criminal charges against their collaborators and freezing of assets. After the announcement on Wednesday, there are 73 organizations in the Canadian government register.