NDP calls for right-wing group Proud Boys to be banned, labelled as terrorists

The federal NDP is calling for an international right-wing extremist group with roots in Canada to be designated as a terrorist organization.

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In a tweet Thursday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced a petition calling for the Proud Boys to be banned, citing their role in helping “execute” the mob attack by U.S. President Donald Trump’s supporters on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. the day before.

“Yesterday was an act of domestic terrorism,” read Singh’s tweet.

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“The Proud Boys helped execute it. Their founder is Canadian. They operate in Canada, right now. And, I am calling for them to be designated as a terrorist organization, immediately.”

Singh’s call comes in the wake of chaos and violence that erupted in Washington D.C. Wednesday, which saw a mob of Trump supporters — emboldened by the president’s rhetoric — storm the nation’s Capitol building in an effort to disrupt the House’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

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