The US-based far-right white supremacist Proud Boys group and The Base have been declared terrorist organizations by New Zealand.
Making it illegal in New Zealand to fund, recruit or participate in the groups, and obligating authorities to take action against them, the two groups entered a list of 18 other organizations.
Although these groups are not active in the country, the nation has become more attuned to threats from the far right after a white supremacist shot and killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in 2019. The New Zealand massacre inspired other white supremacists around the world, including a white gunman who killed 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in May.
In a 29-page explanation of the Proud Boys designation published Thursday, New Zealand authorities said the group’s involvement in the violent attack on the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, amounted to an act of terrorism.
The Proud Boys was last year named a terrorist group in Canada, while The Base has previously been declared a terrorist group in Britain, Canada, and Australia.