Canada has deemed the Proud Boys a terrorist group, saying its members “played a pivotal role” in the assault on the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6.
The declaration comes after one of the members, Ethan Nordean, was arrested Feb. 3 on charges of obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds, King 5 reported.
King 5 also reported that prior to the breach, the Department of Justice says Nordean posted a video on social media, which he captioned, “Let them remember the day they decided to make war with us.”
The DOJ says the 30-year-old had been near the front of the crowd of rioters as they confronted Capitol Police, King 5 reported.
Canada authorities say leaders of Proud Boys “planned their participation by setting out objectives, issuing instructions, and directing members during the insurrection,” POLITICO reported.
Proud Boys joins other groups on Canada’s terrorist list, with the Public Safety Minister Bill Blair labeling them a “neo-fascist organization that engages in political violence,” according to POLITICO.
“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, according to POLITICO. "The threat of ideologically motivated extremism has been identified as the most significant threat to domestic security in Canada.”
Blair insisted the decision was a legal call, not political, even though it's been a month after the insurrection on the Capitol.
Blair said that since 2018, domestic intelligence and national security agencies have been monitoring the organization, the same one that has Canadian roots for men that “promulgates white supremacy,” according to POLITICO.
“In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, we’ve seen … an escalation towards violence for a number of different groups, including the Proud Boys,” Blair said according to POLITICO.
Blair isn’t the only one that has a strong feeling about the group. The government said Proud Boys members “espouse misogynistic, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, and/or white supremacist ideologies and associate with white supremacist groups,” according to POLITICO.
The leader of Proud Boys, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, was arrested Jan. 4 in Washington, D.C. for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a Black church during protests in the city after a "Stop the Steal" rally.