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 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.
An online petition, originally directed to former prime minister Scott Morrison, also calls for the terrorist label to be attached to the Proud Boys and has 2,800 signatures.
People wearing the yellow and black colorus and insignia of the Proud Boys gather outside the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Texas in May. Source: Getty, AFP / Patrick T. Fallon
In the US, the State Department only lists foreign groups as terrorist entities. The Base has previously been declared a terrorist group in the UK, Canada and Australia.
Additional reporting by Tom Canetti.
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