(Ottawa) In the aftermath of the assault on Capitol Hill in Washington, New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh calls on the Government of Canada to designate the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization.
Wednesday’s events demonstrate that “it is more urgent than ever that the government immediately ban and dismantle all hate organizations operating in Canada”, because even though the Capitol assault took place in the United States, “the hate knows no borders, ”argued the leader of the NPD.
“We must act urgently to stop the outbreaks of hate here in Canada”, and the government can start to do so “by banning and designating the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization”, he continued. communicated.
The Proud Boys are white supremacists. The militia, which is active in the United States and Canada, was founded by a Canadian, Gavin McInnes. It was to them that Donald Trump said “Stand back and get ready” (Stand back and stand by) in the first debate of the presidential race.
The leader of the far-right group, Enrique Tarrio, 36, was arrested last Monday in Washington, ahead of the protest against the certification of the election of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States which has degenerated and made at least four victims.
PHOTO JOHN RUDOFF, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ARCHIVES
Arriving from Florida, he was charged with destroying property of the Asbury United Methodist Church, whose worshipers are predominantly African-American. With others, he would have burned the banner. He was also charged with possessing two illegal high capacity firearm magazines.
There are currently about 60 entities on the list of terrorist organizations in Ottawa. It includes groups such as Hezbollah, Daesh and Al-Qaeda, but also the neo-Nazi organizations Blood & Honor and Combat 18 (C18), which were registered in June 2019.
In the office of Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, no direct response was offered to Jagmeet Singh’s request. “The ranking process is ongoing, and when an organization has been found to meet the Criminal Code criteria, it is added to the list,” spokeswoman Mary-Liz Power wrote.
“We strongly denounce all those, like the Proud Boys, who advance misogynistic ideologies, support white supremacist beliefs and glorify violence. Intolerance and hatred have no place in our society, ”she added in an email sent to Press.
The Conservative Party and the Bloc Québécois declined the invitation to vote on the Proud Boys.
Capitol police criticized
In the same statement, Jagmeet Singh was outraged at the way the Capitol Police handled the eruption of white protesters compared to how the Black Lives Matter (Black Lives Matter) protests were suppressed in the same city a few months ago.
PHOTO SEAN KILPATRICK, ARCHIVES THE CANADIAN PRESS
Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party
“The people who followed everything [mercredi] saw a stark contrast in the treatment of what happened on the Capitol. When black, racialized and Indigenous people demand justice […], they face violence and brutality, ”he argued.
We heard the same story in Wilmington, Delaware.
At a press conference in his stronghold, the President-designate of the United States, Joe Biden, said he was convinced on Thursday that anti-racist protesters would have been treated “very differently” compared to supporters of Donald Trump who sowed the seeds of chaos in Washington.
“If this had been a manifestation of the Black Lives Matter movement, they would have been treated very differently from the surly mob that attacked the Capitol. We all know that is true, and it is unacceptable, ”he said.
– With Agence France-Presse