Canada has officially made the move to classify the far-right organization, Proud Boys, as a terrorist organization. Under this classification, the government can seize property belonging to the organization. Also, any financial institutions connected to the organizations "are subject to reporting requirements" under Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act.
"The Proud Boys consists of semi-autonomous chapters located in the United States (U.S.), Canada, and internationally," Public Safety Canada stated.
"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 far-right organization was founded years ago by Canadian native Gavin McInnes. In recent months, the group rose to prominence thanks to former President Donald Trump. During a presidential debate last fall, the former President went as far as to shout out the organization.
"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. This is a left-wing problem," Trump answered after moderator Chris Wallace asked him to disavow white supremacy.
In recent weeks, members of the Proud Boys have been connected to attacks on Black churches and the Capitol Hill Riots. Also, the Proud Boys have been accused of targeting and attacking Black Lives Matter protesters.
"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," Public Safety Canada continued.
Given Canda's recent move, many Americans have been asking when President Joe Biden would do the same. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says that the White House will wait for the results of an ongoing investigation before doing so.
"When it's concluded, I'm sure we'll have more to say about our view," Psaki told Ed O'Keefe of CBS News.
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