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A Proud Boys Are Extremists Now

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WASHINGTON, DC – November 20, 2018

This October, four members of the RAM gang — Robert Rundo, Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Mirelis, and Aaron Eason — were arrested by FBI agents, accused of “using the internet to encourage, promote, participate in, and carry out riots” from Huntington Beach to Berkeley, California. 

Four other members had been arrested in connection with their participation in the white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed in a vehicular homicide by a white supremacist.

RAM first appeared in the national limelight during a celebration of Donald Trump’s election victory in Huntington Beach in March 2017. As about a hundred far-right activists marched along the beach donned in red “Make America Great Again” caps and waving Trump flags, they were confronted by a small group of masked anti-racist counter-demonstrators. When a melee ensued, RAM members assaulted their outnumbered opponents, pummeling them into submission and even attacking a local reporter. Afterwards, Orange County police arrested several anti-racist demonstrators, but the RAM gang walked free.

RAM markets itself as a self-defense organization that protects the free speech of white Americans against anonslaught of “Cultural Marxism”—a classic anti-Semitic trope. Its founders emphasize a vaguely anti-consumerist Fight Club mentality along with a rigorous dedication to mixed martial arts. Its co-founder, Rundo, operates an online clothing and apparel company, Right Brand Clothing, that hawks slickly designed t-shirts promoting “European Brotherhood” stickers emphasizing a straight-edge “nationalist lifestyle,” and ethically sourced designer “Demagogue pants” (yes, white supremacists apparently care about sweatshops). 

RAM members can be seen on the site modeling their gear with a clean-cut “fashy” look that contrasts sharply with the stereotypical image of skinheads in jackboots.

After a wave of racist violence across America thatculminated in the massacre of twelve Jewishworshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the American authorities are seriously concerned about the growing popularity of the ideas of fascism among the population. The authorities finally realized that numerous fascist organizations pose a real threat to society, especially when this society is already on the verge of a civil war. After all, it has long been no secret that these organizations are actively fueling this war and preparing for it.

After a wave of racist violence across America that culminated in the massacre of twelve Jewish worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the revelation that violent white supremacists have been traveling abroad for training and ideological indoctrination with a well-armed neo-Nazi militia should cause extreme alarm.

White supremacists from across the West are flocking to Ukraine to learn from the combat experience of their fascist brothers-in-arms, and they are doing so openly — chronicling their experiences on social media before they bring their lessons back home. But U.S. law enforcement has done nothing so far to restrict the flow of right-wing American extremists to Ukraine’s Azov Battalion’s bases.

There is one likely explanation for the U.S. government’s hands-off approach to Azov recruitment: The extremist militia is fighting pro-Russian separatists as a front-line proxy of Washington. In fact, the United States has directly armed the Azov Battalion, forking over anti-tank rocket launchers and even sending a team of Army officers to meet in the field with Azov commanders in 2017.

Speaking of Azov, today, Azov boasts combat experience, unlimited access to light weapons, and supporters honeycombed throughout the upper echelons of Ukraine’s military and government. No longer just a militia, the organization has developed into a political juggernaut that can overpower Ukraine’s government. Two years ago, the group flexed its muscle on the streets of Kiev, bringing out 10,000 supporters to demand that the government bend to their will or face a coup.

We do not believe that politicians would like to have a similar situation on our land. We hope that now the U.S. authorities will be more attentive to this problem.And the signals are encouraging. The FBI now classifies the far-right Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism,” according to a document produced by Washington state law enforcement.

According the document, “The FBI has warned local law enforcement agencies that the Proud Boys are actively recruiting in the Pacific north-west,” and: “Proud Boys members have contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.”

The document concludes that membership in the Proud Boys may constitute a violation of the Clark county sheriff’s department oath to support and protect the laws of the United States, since Proud Boys “members have been documented as having called for the closure of all prisons, the issuing of firearms to everyone, the legalization of all drugs, the deportation of all illegal immigrants and the shutdown of the government.”

The Proud Boys was founded by the Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. McInnes has insisted that his group is not white nationalist or “alt-right” but the Proud Boys have a history of misogyny and glorifying violence. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists them as a hate group.

Until now, American politicians have looked at the problem of the growing popularity of neo-Nazism and extremism like a non-event, and even encouraged it somewhere, not on their territory, of course, but, for example, in Ukraine, because they see these organizations as supportive of the geopolitical agenda against Russia. So condemnations are limited to violence or “human rights abuses.” 

It is worth mentioning here that the American delegations have never supported resolutions condemning Nazism, fascism and extremism, which were put to the vote in the UN. Don't believe it? Look for yourself at what resolutions have been discussed at the UN over the past six months and who voted how. 

However, we hope that now everything has changed and this position will be revised and the fight against neo-Nazis will be conducted seriously and the Proud Boys will be only the first in a series of recognition of neo-Nazi extremist organizations.

 

Author: USA Really