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Canada's parliament calls for Proud Boys to be classified as a terrorist group
Masked Proud Boys stand at a protest in Raleigh, North Carolina in November 2020.
Masked Proud Boys stand at a protest in Raleigh, North Carolina in November 2020. Credit: Anthony Crider, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Canadian parliament has called on the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to classify the far-right organization Proud Boys as a terrorist group. A corresponding motion by the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) was unanimously adopted by MPs on Monday. Proud Boys members had taken part in the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

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Pro-Trump supporters enter the Capital while Congress debats the 2020 Electoral College Certification
Pro-Trump supporters enter the Capital while Congress debats the 2020 Electoral College Certification
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After breaching multiple layers of security, pro-Trump supports were able to gain access to the Capitol building. According to reports, protestors are now outside the Senate chamber.

Capitol security has asked people to lock all doors if able, seek shelter immediately, remain quiet, and wait for further direction. Matt Laslo, the managing editor of The News Station, reported on Twitter.

Senators were ushered to the Senate floor, and the chamber was locked, Mike Pence was seen being escorted out of chambers by Secret Service agents.

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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio arrested & charged with destruction of property
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio arrested & charged with destruction of property
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Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio, leader of rightwing Proud Boys, has been arrested ahead of pro-Donald Trump protests in Washington DC and was charged with destruction of property and possession of firearms. Tarrio allegedly burned a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church during a pro-Trump protest on December 12.

"He was charged with Destruction of Property related to an offense that occurred on Saturday, December 12, 2020 in the 900 block of 11th Street, Northwest," DC Metropolitan Police Department Public Information Officer Sean Hickman said. "At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of two high capacity firearm magazines. He was additionally charged with Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device."

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Presidential Debate: Trump refuses to denounce white supremacists, asks far-right group "Proud Boys" to "stand back and stand by"

During the first presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Donald Trump whether he would condemn white supremacists and ask them to stay down during ongoing demonstrations.

"Sure, I’m willing to, but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace," Trump said.

"Who would you like me to condemn?" Trump asked when urged by Biden to condemn the groups and is prompted the far-right group "Proud Boys."

"Proud Boys — stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem," so the president.

According to the BBC, Proud Boys responded to the president's remarks in their Telegram group, writing: "Standing down and standing by sir."