Jun 30, 2022 - Politics & Policy

New Zealand designates Proud Boys, The Base far-right terrorist groups

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern speaks to media at the EU Commission's headquarters on June 30, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Thierry Monasse via Getty Images

New Zealand has added the Proud Boys and The Base to its list of terrorist groups.

Why it matters: The designation bars New Zealand residents from funding or supporting the two far-right extremist groups. It comes three years after the country's worst terrorist attack, which involved an Australian white supremacist.

Details: In documents outlining the decision, law enforcement wrote that the Proud Boys played a key role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. "Actions and statements by [American Proud Boys] members both before and during the attack demonstrate an intention to cause the death or serious bodily injury to people."

  • The document also pointed to their "adherence to white nationalism, extreme racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia," citing examples of members signaling "white power."
  • Officials said The Base holds similar beliefs and highlighted the group's neo-Nazi ideologies, including "bringing about a 'race war' in the US, the mass execution of people of colour in a coordinated event labelled 'the Day of the Rope', halting the 'great replacement, and the creation of 'white ethno-states' where people of colour are either absent or without democratic power."

The big picture: New Zealand isn't the only country to make the designation.

  • Canada has labeled both groups as terrorist organizations, which led to the dissolution of Proud Boys Canada.
  • The United Kingdom has outlawed The Base, which it considers an "extreme right-wing terrorist group."
  • New Zealand regularly reviews and updates its terrorist list. Each designation expires after three years unless revoked or renewed.
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