Proud Boys Canada, a far-upright group that Ottawa named as a terrorist entity earlier this year, has dissolved itself, saying it has carried out nothing injurious, according to a statement by the organization on Sunday.
In February, Canada said the group posed an active security threat and played a “pivotal position” in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in January by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. U.S. authorities have charged several individuals of the Proud Boys in connection with the Jan. 6 assault.
“The reality is, we had been never terrorists or a white supremacy group,” the statement posted by the administrator of the official Proud Boys channel on Telegram said.
“We are electricians, carpenters, financial advisors, mechanics, and so on. Extra than that, we are fathers, brothers, uncles and sons,” it added.
Based in 2016, the Proud Boys began as an organization protesting political correctness and perceived constraints on masculinity in the United States and Canada, and grew into a group that embraced facet road scuffling with.
The group’s founder, Gavin McInnes, is a Canadian who lives in the United States.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in February that the home intelligence forces had was increasingly timorous about the group.