Prominent right-wing extremist groups took part in the events on Wednesday at the US Capitol as a supporter of President Donald Trump tried to stop the confirmation of his electoral defeat

Photos of people, flags, and logos in the crowd in Washington, DC. showed the participating Proud Boys and Oath Keepers as well as the Three Percenters militia group

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“Some of the groups that participated have touted their online involvement to impress followers and improve their standing as action-oriented groups,” said Mollie Saltskog, senior intelligence analyst at Soufan Group

“Most worryingly, many prominent white supremacy channels flaunting acceleration have announced that yesterday was just the beginning and discussed how much more successful they will be in taking over government buildings once organized are and have clear leadership ”

One man was photographed with a Confederate flag in the Capitol Another wore a sweatshirt that read: “Camp Auschwitz, right-wing extremist groups were also present during state protests

“I would summarize them as a collection of neo-Nazis, white supremacist groups and individuals who campaigned for insurrection,” said Bernie Farber, chair of the Canadian anti-hate network

US. The Capitol police arrested several people, but none of the suspects publicly identified so far appeared to be a key right-wing extremist

“Make no mistake: with our partners, we will hold those who took part in yesterday’s siege of the Capitol to justice,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement Thursday

Oren Segal, vice-president of the Center for Extremism of the Anti-Defamation League, wrote on Twitter that the far-right Proud Boys had gathered in Washington on Tuesday evening

“On Wednesday afternoon, the Proud Boys'” Uncensored “telegram channel showed that members of the U were violating safety regulations Capitol and fist fights with the Capitol police, ”he wrote

Segal said anti-government extremists Oath Keepers, including founder Stewart Rhodes, were photographed in the crowd on Wednesday while Three Percenters were at simultaneous rallies in California

Trump supporters entered the Capitol as Congress confirmed the victory of President-elect Joe Biden The riots followed a rally where Trump reiterated the false claim that the election had been stolen from him

Farber said he was concerned about the long-term impact of the attack on the U.S. Capitol

“This is probably the most significant victory for the far right in modern history,” he said, “This is a serious moment”

He said the incident could be used to radicalize a new generation with a narrative of how the far right almost managed to take over state power

“This is going to be one of those far-right stories that will be used for recruiting,” he said

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called for the Proud Boys to be listed as a terrorist group in Canada, saying the group “helped” carry out the Capitol attack

According to a Canadian military report, the Proud Boys are “an extremist-conservative group that uses confrontational and sometimes violent tactics to advance their goals”

It is “openly Islamophobic and misogynist” and “has an active and physical presence” in the U.S. and Canada, said the Canadian Forces report on hatred and racist groups

On Monday, the leader of the Proud Boys was arrested in Washington for allegedly setting fire to a Black Lives Matter banner that belonged to a black church on December 12, 2020

The Oath Keepers is “one of the largest radical anti-government groups in the USAS today, ”according to the Southern Poverty Law Center

“While it claims to be just defending the Constitution, the entire organization is based on a number of baseless conspiracy theories about the federal government working to destroy American freedoms”

The three percent, meanwhile, is a “paramilitary militia group that harbors anti-Muslim, anti-government views backed by far-right conspiracy theories,” the Canadian military report reads

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