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Wall Street Journal/ Proud Boys Members Face New Charges Over Capitol Riots Charges against two members mark the latest fallout for the far-right group following the Jan. 6 events.
Canada has formally labeled the Proud Boys, the far-right extremist group that has been gaining notoriety in the U.S., as a terrorist group, Ottawa announced Wednesday.
The Proud Boys were recognized as a "terrorist entity," meaning the government may seize property and other belongings connected to the group and financial institutions "are subject to reporting requirements" with respect to the group's property under Canada's Anti-Terrorism Act.
The Proud Boys, a key player in the U.S. white supremacist movement, with followers in Canada — Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was raised in Canada — has increasingly been a focus of the far-right hate movement on this side of the border.
New federal charges were filed against two members of the far-right Proud Boys in connection to last month’s storming of the U.S. Capitol.
Ethan Nordean, also known as “Rufio Panman,” was arrested and charged Wednesday with obstructing an official proceeding, aiding and abetting, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, among other charges.
Nicholas Ochs, the leader of the Hawaii chapter of the Proud Boys, also faces new charges in a grand jury indictment obtained Wednesday, including conspiracy to obstruct Congress, and stealing and destroying government property. He was previously arrested on lesser charges connected to the riot.
Canada has branded the Proud Boys a terrorist entity, saying its members “played a pivotal role” in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead.
The announcement Wednesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government puts the far-right group in the same category as the Islamic State, al Qaeda, al Shabaab, Boko Haram and the Taliban.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair added the Proud Boys, which his department labeled a “neo-fascist organization that engages in political violence,” and 12 other groups to the terrorist list.
“No matter the ideological motivation of violent extremist groups, they are all hateful, intolerant and, as we have seen, they can be dangerous,” Blair said. "The threat of ideologically motivated extremism has been identified as the most significant threat to domestic security in Canada.”
The Proud Boys were officially labeled as a terrorist organization in Canada on Wednesday after senior officials said the group poses a serious threat to the country, The Washington Post reported.
The declaration follows the Proud Boy’s alleged participation in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, where supporters of former President Donald Trump forced their way into the building, the Post reported.
The classification allows law enforcement to seize the property of anyone affiliated with the group and banks can retain their assets, The Post reported. Members of the Proud Boys can be denied entry to Canada and it is now a crime to knowingly provide any form of assistance to the group.