Recent Zealand has declared the Proud Boys, the far-right American group that played a key role within the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, to be a terrorist organization, making it illegal for Recent Zealanders to take part in or support its activities.
There was no evidence that the group was operating in Recent Zealand, but its activity has been observed in Australia and Canada, which designated the group a terrorist organization last yr.
Recent Zealand’s prime minister can designate groups terrorist entities in the event that they have carried out at the very least one terrorist act, and the federal government believed the Proud Boys’ involvement within the Jan. 6 attack was “consistent with the definition of a terrorist act,” it said in a press release from June 20. It said that the group’s “extreme right-wing ideology was founded on racist and fascist principles” and that it had shown a consistent fondness for violence.
The Recent Zealand government also classified the Base, a separate American white supremacist group, as a terrorist organization in a press release from June 20. It called the group a “neo-Nazi, accelerationist, paramilitary, survivalist group each planning for and meaning to bring concerning the collapse of the U.S. government” and said it had tried to expand into Australia.
“These are white supremacist terrorist groups, and we don’t consider, and I don’t think Recent Zealanders consider, that any Recent Zealander must be enabling and supporting them,” the police minister, Chris Hipkins, said Thursday, in keeping with Stuff, a news outlet in Recent Zealand.
Though the groups weren’t known to be lively in Recent Zealand, the country has been on high alert for extremism since a person espousing white nationalist hatred shot and killed 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch in 2019. The attack was indirectly related to a selected group, however the gunman was steeped within the language of online extremism.
The Recent Zealand government described the Proud Boys’ techniques as “cryptofascist,” shrouding white nationalist tropes with obfuscation, humor and irony to supply its members plausible deniability and increase its appeal to “mainstream” or “normal” people. Underneath the layers of disguise, the group embraces violence against its perceived political enemies, the federal government said.
White nationalist groups have increasingly been identified by governments as threats lately. In 2020, the Trump administration designated the Russian Imperial Movement, an ultranationalist group based in Russia, a terrorist organization, the primary time america applied the label to a white supremacist group.
The USA has not classified the Proud Boys or the Base as terrorist organizations. But greater than 40 members of the Proud Boys have been indicted in reference to the Jan. 6 attack, including several of its leaders, who face charges of seditious conspiracy.
A Recent York Times investigation showed that members of the group moved in a coordinated fashion, riled up other protesters and directly joined within the violence, playing an aggressive role in several of the Capitol breaches. Prosecutors have said the Proud Boys began planning the assault as early as Dec. 19, 2020; lawyers for the Proud Boys have denied that they conspired to attack the Capitol.