Proud Boys Speak Out Against 'Tyrants' After Canada Votes to Label Them a Terrorist Group

The Proud Boys referenced a well-known phrase to suggest they are freedom fighters after Canadian politicians unanimously voted to list the group as a terrorist entity.

The motion, brought forward by leader of the New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh, was passed in Canadian House of Commons on Monday but will still need to be approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before it is an official designation.

The motion called upon the government to "use all available tools to address the proliferation of white supremacists and hate groups starting with immediately designating the Proud Boys as a terrorist entity," reports Global News.

In a tweet after the vote, Singh said: "Our motion calling on the Liberal govt to designate Proud Boys as a Terrorist Org has passed!

"But, Justin Trudeau has a habit of breaking his promises. Sadly, we can't trust him to follow through. We need to [keep] the pressure on."

Singh then shared a link to an online petition which he set up weeks ago urging Canada to designate the Proud Boys as terrorists.

If Trudeau approves the motion, the far-right group will be on the same list as international terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Boko Haram and Al-Qaeda.

In a message shared on messaging service Telegram following the vote, the Proud Boys declared: "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter."

The post added: "When the unholy alliance between big business and state suppresses and begins to persecute you for collectively organizing in the interest of your inalienable, fundamental, God given rights.. only then you know you're directly over the target.

"We stand in solidarity with our Canadian brothers, and all of our brothers across the western world. Thus always to tyrants."

Canada's Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair previously confirmed that the country is considering listing the Proud Boys as a terrorist organization in the wake of the deadly attack on the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6 which their members were involved in.

While Proud Boys are notorious for their violent altercations with antifa in U.S. cities such as Portland and New York, as well as the insurrection in D.C., the group was established in 2016 by Canadian Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media and prominent far-right figurehead.

A spokesperson for Blair told Newsweek: "As Minister Blair said in an interview with CTV on January 10, 'We're very mindful of ideologically motivated violent extremists, including groups like the Proud Boys. They're white supremacists, anti-Semitics, Islamophobic, misogynist groups; they're all hateful, they're all dangerous.'

"To be clear: the decision to list any organization as a terrorist entity is based on intelligence and evidence collected by our national security agencies. Terrorist designations are not a political exercise.

"Such listings send a strong message that Canada will not tolerate acts of violence.

"Everyone should feel safe where they live, work, gather and pray. Canadians can be confident in the work performed by our security agencies, who will not hesitate to act in order to keep our country safe."

This article has been updated with comment from Bill Blair.

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Members of the Proud Boys join supporters of US President Donald Trump as they demonstrate in Washington, D.C, on December 12, 2020. The Canadian House of Commons has passed legislation that calls for classifying the Proud Boys group as a terrorist organization. JOSE LUIS MAGANA/AFP/Getty