Proud Boys Designated as Terrorists

The Proud Boys are now designated as a terrorist organisation in New Zealand. Here’s why it matters

Reported by Stuff / Thomas Manch, Jun 30 2022

The Proud Boys, a fascist organisation in the US, has been designated a terrorist organisation under New Zealand law. The Government says the group poses a “significant threat” to New Zealand, despite there being no evidence of a connection to the country.

Gavin McInnes started the Proud Boys in 2016; promotes the use of violence to advance the group’s fascist, white nationalist goals

Why it matters

The Proud Boys were designated a terrorist group alongside The Base, another US-based organisation that has plotted violence to spark a “race war.” It’s the first time far-right or white supremacist organisations have been deemed terrorist entities by the Government, which has previously used the law for Islamic extremists, Irish and South American nationalists, and the Christchurch mosque terrorist.

  • The Proud Boys are described as a violent, fascist organisation by the Government.
  • The police have published a lengthy document detailing why the Proud Boys have been designated a terrorist organisation. Essentially, the Proud Boys were deemed a terrorist organisation because they attempted to stop a democratic process in the US for their racist and fascist aims.
  • The designation means people who recruit for the Proud Boys or provide them with material support could be prosecuted under the Terrorism Suppression Act (TSA). It does not make it a crime to be a member of the group.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signed off the terrorist designation for the group on June 20, according to a June 27 entry in the New Zealand Gazette. The designation was otherwise not publicised. Ardern, who is travelling in Europe, has yet to comment on the matter. The last time she made such a designation was in August 2020, when she deemed the Christchurch mosque shooter a terrorist under the TSA.
  • The police are tasked with investigating and prosecuting terrorism in New Zealand, and maintain the list of terrorist entities.
  • Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of Vice magazine, started the Proud Boys in 2016. According to details published by the police, McInnes promoted the use of violence to advance the group’s fascist, white nationalist goals.
  • Enrique Tarrio became chairman of the Proud Boys in 2018 and escalated the group’s violence.

The breakdown

  • The Proud Boys are defined as “crypto-fascist”, meaning they make cryptic references to their intentions and aims to obscure their fascist nature. Fascist aspects of the Proud Boys include their support of a strongman political figure, former US president Donald Trump, and their expressed white nationalist, racist and anti-Semitic views.
  • Members of the group were key participants in attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and five of its members, including Tarrio, are now awaiting trial on charges including sedition.
  • The attack on the Capitol, which has been called an attempted coup or insurrection, was aimed at stopping the finalisation of the 2020 US election result, which was set to oust the Trump administration and place US President Joe Biden in power.
  • The attack is currently being scrutinised in the US by a high-power congressional committee, with a series of public hearing revealing new details about Trump’s knowledge of the attack.
  • In the police document, the Proud Boys were described as having unconnected branches in Canada and Australia. There was no mention of the Proud Boys having a presence in, or connection to, New Zealand.
  • Canada designated the Proud Boys a terrorist group in February 2021.

Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD saith thus: “Wailing shall be in all streets, and they shall say in all the highways, ‘Alas! Alas!’ And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful in lamentation to wailing. And in all vineyards shall be wailing, for I will pass through thee,” saith the LORD.
Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! To what end is it for you? The day of the LORD is darkness, and not light: as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it? Amos 5:16-20

~ by Joel Huan on July 6, 2022.

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