Jul 01, 2022
New Zealand declared American far-right groups the Proud Boys, the Base are terrorist organizations
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New Zealand's government has declared that American far-right groups the Proud Boys and The Base are terrorist organizations.
The two groups join 18 others including the Islamic State group that have been given an official terrorist designation, making it illegal in New Zealand to fund, recruit or participate in the groups, and obligating authorities to take action against them.
The U.S. groups are not known to be active in New Zealand, although the South Pacific 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 the U.S., the State Department only lists foreign groups as terrorist entities. But the Proud Boys were last year named a terrorist group in Canada, while The Base has previously been declared a terrorist group in Britain, Canada and Australia.
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 U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021 amounted to an act of terrorism.
The statement said that while several militia groups were involved, it was the Proud Boys who incited crowds, coordinated attacks on law enforcement officers and led other rioters to where they could break into the building.
The statement said there are unlinked but ideologically affiliated chapters of the Proud Boys operating in Canada and Australia.
New Zealand authorities argued that before the Capitol attack, the Proud Boys had a history of using street rallies and social media to intimidate opponents and recruit young men through demonstrations of violence. It said the group had put up various smoke screens to hide its extremism.
Earlier this month, the former leader of the Proud Boys, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, and four others linked to the group were charged in the U.S. with seditious conspiracy for what federal prosecutors say was a coordinated attack on the Capitol.
The indictment alleges that the Proud Boys conspired to forcibly oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power. The five are scheduled to stand trial in August in Washington, D.C.'s federal court.
Asked by media Thursday in New Zealand if the Proud Boys weren't better known for protest actions rather than extreme violence, New Zealand Police Minister Chris Hipkins said: "Well, violent protests attempting to overthrow the government, clearly there is evidence of that."
In making its case against The Base, New Zealand authorities said a key goal of the group was to "train a cadre of extremists capable of accelerationist violence."
The statement said founder Rinaldo Nazzaro "has repetitively counselled members online about violence, the acquisition of weapons, and actions to accelerate the collapse of the U.S. government and survive the consequent period of chaos and violence."
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Reds avoid 100th loss, beat Cubs
CINCINNATI (AP) — Hunter Greene pitched six scoreless innings and the Cincinnati Reds remained at 99 losses, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Monday night.
The Reds (61-99) snapped a six-game skid and can avoid losing at least 100 games for the second time in franchise history if they swept the three-game series against Chicago.
Cincinnati finished 61-101 in 1982.
Greene (5-13) and relievers Derek Law, Buck Farmer and Alexis Diaz combined on a two-hitter to stop the Cubs’ winning streak at seven games.
“Hunter was great,” Reds manager David Bell said. “The first couple innings, he threw more pitches than he wanted to, but then he settled in. Hunter dominated with his fastball and attacked the hitters.”
Chicago only got one runner past second base before scoring under odd circumstances in the ninth against Diaz, who picked up his 10th save.
The Cubs scored on a game-ending double play that wasn’t completed until Esteban Quiroz, believing he was forced out, wandered off second base and was tagged.
The official scorer announced the final score as 3-0 before correcting it.
Quiroz also was doubled off second base in the sixth on Seiya Suzuki’s line drive to shortstop Jose Barrero.
“We have to make sure that we have the right information before we get off the bag,” Cubs manager David Ross said.
Greene walked one and struck out eight while throwing 90 pitches, 65 for strikes, in his last start of the season.
He also hit a batter.
The rookie right-hander won for the first time in four starts since Aug. 1.
“I’m really excited to take things into the offseason,” Greene said. “There is still a lot of work. I’m embracing that and can’t wait for next year. I’m super proud of myself, and I have a lot of people in my corner.”
“It still hasn’t hit me the season is over.”
Cubs rookie right-hander Hayden Wesneski (3-2) worked six innings, allowing four hits and two runs — one earned — with one walk and six strikeouts.
He hit Jonathan India twice with pitches.
Wesneski pitched at three levels in Chicago’s system.
“It’s been crazy,” he said. “September was long, but the year was short. It was a weird year.”
Donovan Solano had two of Cincinnati’s six hits as the Reds scored more than two runs for the second time in their last six games.
They took a 2-0 lead in third as Jose Barrero scored from second on Wesneski’s throwing error of T.J. Friedl’s slow roller up the first-base line, and India scored from second on Kyle Farmer’s blooper into short right field.
Farmer’s hit eluded the diving effort of first baseman Alfonso Riva, who knocked it far enough away for Farmer to leg out a double.
India added a run-scoring ground-rule double in the eighth against Manuel Rodríguez.
Greene went behind his back to knock down Christopher Morel’s sharp one-hopper.
Greene scrambled after the ball and underhanded it to first baseman Solano for the out.
MAKE ‘EM EARN IT
Monday’s game was Chicago’s ninth straight in which its starting pitcher didn’t allow more than one earned run.
The Cubs’ ninth-inning run was their first in the ninth or later since Aug. 28 at Milwaukee.
Reds: Friedl was helped off the field with a right hamstring injury after being thrown out trying to steal third base in the third inning.
Reds RHP Luis Cessa (4-4, 4.76 ERA) is scheduled to make his 10th start of the season after being moved from the bullpen to bolster an injury-plagued rotation.
Cubs RHP Javier Assad (2-2, 3.62) allowed five hits over five scoreless innings in his last start on Thursday against the Phillies.Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Hunter Greene (21) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)