World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 20 Mar, 2021 06:30 am

US government charges four Proud Boys with conspiracy in January 6 assault on Capitol

US government charges four Proud Boys with conspiracy in January 6 assault on Capitol
The fascist Proud Boys, whom former President Trump infamously told to “stand back and stand by'' during last September’s presidential debate, enjoy close relations with Republican politicians and law enforcement agencies across the country.

On Friday, the US government unsealed a new indictment alleging that previously charged Proud Boy leaders Ethan Nordean, 30, and Joseph Biggs, 37, conspired with newly indicted fellow Proud Boys Zachary Rehl, 35, of Philadelphia and Charles Donohoe, 33, of Kenersville, North Carolina to obstruct congressional certification of Joe Biden’s victory by overrunning the US Capitol on January 6.According to the government, Nordean, Rehl and Donohoe are all presidents of their local Proud Boys chapters, while Biggs is the lead Proud Boy organizer in Florida.The government alleges that after the arrest of Proud Boys Chairman and “prolific” FBI informant Henry “Enrique” Tarrio on January 4, Donohue thought that the group’s communications channel was compromised.He created a new channel dubbed “New MOSD,'” which included Proud Boys members Nordean, Biggs, Rehl, Donohoe and additional unnamed members to continue planning their attack.

” On January 5, a new encrypted messaging channel titled “Boots on the Ground” was created for Proud Boys members in Washington D.The indictment alleges that over 60 Proud Boys participated in the Boots on the Ground channel, including Nordean, Biggs, Rehl, Donohoe and the unnamed co-conspirator.

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