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At the least one Canadian chapter on proud boys closed after the phobia was named

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The chapter made the explanation on the (newly installed) Social media platform Parler.

“That was fun! This is the chapter of Saskatchewan that is being deregistered for good, ”it wrote.

In a farewell post, the group described themselves as “just a beer-drinking club” full of “great men who only wish each other all the best for their country”.

In contrast, the government describes the Proud Boys as a “neo-fascist organization that engages in political violence,” whose members advocate misogynist, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic, immigrant and / or white supremacist ideologies and associate with white supremacist groups. ”

Parler also accused the Saskatchewan Proud Boys of Canada First, a Proud Boys spin-off group known for advocating Nazi ideology, for labeling terror.

“I love how Canada first has to tarnish our name and then drop the Proud Boys,” the post says. “Should have done this from the start, you stupid fuck.”

Canada described the Proud Boys as a terrorist group alongside other right-wing extremist groups from the Nuclear Weapons Division, the grassroots, Russian imperial movement and several ISIS-affiliated groups. The move came after the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill, where the Proud Boys played a key role. The decision was criticized by experts as Overreach that could cause a backlash against people of colors and groups such as Black Lives Matter, Antifa or indigenous land defenders.

(Gavin McInnes founded the Proud Boys in 2016. He was also a co-founder of VICE. He left the company in 2008 and has not been involved since.)

The chapter in Saskatchewan has a small online footprint – most likely because the group was driven off by major social media platforms. An archived version of his Twitter account from November 2019 shows the group wasn’t very popular and had fewer than 30 followers at the time.

“Don Cherry didn’t do anything wrong,” reads one of his few tweets.

Archived Parler posts indicate that the group only recruited new members last November. VICE World News attempted to contact the chapter of the email that was used for recruitment, but received a message that the email was no longer active.

Kurt Phillips, a researcher who formerly ran the Anti-Racist Canada blog and now works with the Anti-Hate Network Canada, said the Saskatchewan chapter was not “meaningful.”

“Before Parler went offline, a few posts were made and there were allegations that they participated in some civic activities,” Phillips told VICE World News. “However, there was never any real evidence of it.”

But Canada First is “openly racist and supports violence” and is a group “of concern,” Phillips said.

The Proud Boys previously listed 15 chapters across Canada on their website: seven in Ontario, two in Alberta, two in BC, and one each in the Maritimes, Quebec, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan appears to be the only Canadian chapter reacting to the terrorist label at the time of reporting.

A spokesman for the public security minister’s office said they were unfamiliar with the Saskatchewan chapter and were unable to comment on the details.

“I can say that racist white violence by supremacists in Canada is a tragic reality, and while we as a government have taken significant action to end violence in our communities, we also know that there is more to be done. We are determined to do so. ” this work, “they said in a statement sent by email.” We strongly denounce organizations like the Proud Boys who hold misogynistic, white supremacist beliefs and glorify violence. ”

A spokesman for the public security minister’s office said they were unfamiliar with the Saskatchewan chapter and were unable to comment on the details.

“I can say that racial white supremacist violence in Canada is a tragic reality, and while we as a government have taken significant action to end violence in our communities, we also know that there is more to be done. We are determined to do so. ” this work, “they said in a statement sent by email.” We strongly denounce organizations like the Proud Boys who hold misogynistic, white supremacist beliefs and glorify violence. ”

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