Ottawa dissolved itself earlier this year by Proud Boys Canada, a far-flung group designated as a terrorist organization, saying it had done nothing wrong, according to a statement from the organization on Sunday.
In February, Canada said the group posed an active security threat and played a “significant role” in a deadly attack on the US Capitol in January by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. US officials have accused several members of the Proud Boys in connection with the January 6 attack.
The Proud Boys have been added to 13 groups in the list of Canadian terrorist groups.
“True, we were never a terrorist or a white supremacy group,” the statement posted by the administrator of the official Proud Boys channel on Telegram stated.
“We are electricians, carpenters, financial advisors, mechanics, etc. More than that we are fathers, brothers, uncles and sons.”
Founded in 2016, the Proud Boys started as an organization in the United States and Canada protesting against political correctness and perceived barriers, and evolved into a group that adopted street fighting.
The founder of the group, Gavin McAnes, is a Canadian who lives in the United States.
Public Security Minister Bill Blair said in February that domestic intelligence forces had become concerned about the group.
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