Far-right Proud Boys group’s ex-boss faces as much as 20 years in jail as he is charged with plotting to overthrow US authorities

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The previous head of the Proud Boys group has been charged with seditious conspiracy – scheming to overthrow the federal government – following the assault on the US Capitol.

If convicted he may face a high-quality, as much as 20 years in jail, or each.

Federal prosecutors say the riots at the building, the seat of US authorities, have been a coordinated assault supposed to cease Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

Though Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the previous Proud Boys chairman, was not on the Capitol grounds on 6 January 2021 when the violence erupted, prosecutors have mentioned the organisation was behind the rebellion and helped coordinate it.

Police had arrested Mr Tarrio in Washington two days earlier than and charged him with vandalising a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic black church throughout a protest in December 2020.

The Proud Boys is the second group to be confronted with the uncommon and severe cost of conspiring to overthrow the federal government or forestall the execution of US regulation in relation to the lethal siege which claimed the lives of 5 individuals.

The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. was breached by thousands of protesters during a "Stop The Steal" rally in support of President Donald Trump during the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The demonstrators were protesting the results of the 2020 United States presidential election where Donald Trump was defeated by Joe Biden.
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The Capitol Constructing was breached by 1000’s protesting the 2020 election consequence. Pic: AP

Eleven members of the Oath Keepers group, together with its chief Stewart Rhodes, have been additionally charged earlier this 12 months.

Proud Boys members describe its group as a politically incorrect males’s membership for “Western chauvinists”. Its members have regularly clashed with antifascist activists at rallies and protests.

4 others linked to the group have additionally charged within the newest indictment.

Explainer: Who or what are the Proud Boys?

WASHINGTON D.C., NOVEMBER 14- Enrique Tarrio and the Proud Boys demonstrate near Freedom Plaza during the Million Maga March protest regarding election results on November 14, 2020 in Washington D.C. Photo: Chris Tuite/imageSPACE/MediaPunch /IPX
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Greater than three dozen individuals charged within the Capitol siege have been recognized by federal authorities as Proud Boys leaders, members or associates.

A New York man pleaded responsible in December to storming the Capitol with fellow Proud Boys members. Matthew Greene was the primary Proud Boys member to publicly plead responsible to conspiring with different members to cease Congress from certifying the Electoral School vote.

WASHINGTON D.C., NOVEMBER 14- Enrique Tarrio and the Proud Boys demonstrate near Freedom Plaza during the Million Maga March protest regarding election results on November 14, 2020 in Washington D.C. Photo: Chris Tuite/imageSPACE/MediaPunch /IPX
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On the morning of 6 January, Proud Boys members met on the close by Washington Monument and marched to the Capitol earlier than then-President Donald Trump completed talking to 1000’s of supporters close to the White Home.

Simply earlier than Congress convened a joint session to certify the election outcomes which declared Mr Biden the brand new president, a bunch of them adopted a crowd of people that breached limitations at a pedestrian entrance to the Capitol grounds, the indictment says.

A number of additionally entered the Capitol constructing itself after the mob smashed home windows and compelled open doorways.

In December, a federal decide refused to dismiss an earlier indictment charging 4 alleged leaders of the group with conspiracy.

District Choose Timothy Kelly rejected arguments the 4 males – Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Charles Donohoe – have been charged with conduct that’s protected by the US Structure’s First Modification proper to free speech.

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