Capitol rally ‘Justice for J6’ seeks to sanitise the insurrection

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At the inauguration of the Justice for J6 rally, organizer Matt Brainard immediately said that those who participated in the violence against police officers during the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol should be held accountable.

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But moments later, they named Ashley Babit, the rioters who had been shot and killed while trying to break into the house and who threatened the lives of police officers and members.

These conflicting views dominated the rally, which was attended by only a few hundred people (organizers suggested that 700 people could attend before the gathering). There were a limited amount of confrontations, with the exception of a counter-protester getting into an argument with a demonstrator, which led to police pulling them apart, and another man screaming on a bike that was pulled out by police.

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Retired boxer and conservative activist Kara Castronuova was one of the leading voices in the program and condemned the treatment of people considered political prisoners, “criticizing the false narrative of the January 6 uprising, when a man was accused of this crime.” not imposed”. Which he said was tinkering with the potential jury pool.

Ms Castronuva also criticized the media for saying the gathering would be a white supremacy rally.

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“Do I make you look like a white supremacist,” Ms Castronuva, who has Chinese and Italian heritage, asked, adding that she voted for Barack Obama and Bill Clinton along with Donald Trump.

But absent from the stage, as freelance journalist Molly Conger noted, was Ms. Castronuva’s co-founder of Citizens Against Political Persecution – Randy Ireland of the Proud Boys. According to the Southern Poverty Law Centre, Mr Ireland said event last month.

Some who participated in the January 6 rally said they felt that those arrested had been treated unfairly, and sought to analyze among those who had committed acts of violence that the Capitol had. I had gone.

“I think violent criminals attacking the police should be punished,” said Adam, who did not give his last name. “But the people the Capitol police let in – the police removed the railing, opened the door and let the people in – that’s my trap.”

Adam was also carrying an American flag, symbolizing the Three Centuries, a right-wing militia movement. anti defamation league, but said that he was not aware of the meanings of the symbol or the organization. Later, Mr Brainard said he asked people to remove the flags, which he did.

Similarly, Ms Castronuova read a letter from Nicole Refitt, the wife of someone imprisoned for her actions, stating that her laptop had been trashed by the FBI. But Jordan Fisher of WUSA9 revealed that her husband was three-centred. earlier this year that he was accused Along with bringing a semi-automatic handgun to Washington and carrying a semi-automatic weapon to Capitol Ground.

Jennifer Bakalov, a Minnesota resident, said she had not gone inside the Capitol complex, but was inside a grassy area and wanted to move into the building.

“The only reason I didn’t go in was because my friend was with me and she was afraid,” she said, but she added that she was “not to hurt anyone but to “put pressure on our congressmen.” wanted.” fear of God in them”. Asked about what it means, he said, “It means to make them understand that we are the people who rule this country and not vice versa”.

Ms Bakalov said she was disappointed by the low turnout.

“I wish more people would come, but I know they’re also doing rallies all over the country, so that may be one reason why there aren’t so many attendees,” she said. He said he was also disappointed with former Vice President Mike Pence for allowing the election to certify. “I think he has completely betrayed our country.”

At one point, Mr. Brainard tried to compare and contrast how the January 6 rioters were treated compared to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who in 2018 outside Nancy Pelosi’s office with environmental activists There were protests, before he was sworn in, and people protesting now—the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh—inside the Senate office buildings adjacent to the Supreme Court Capitol.

But Madia Benjamin, co-founder of the left-wing protest group Code Pink, was in the crowd and said she had opposed Mr. Kavanaugh’s confirmation and was flummoxed at the comparison.

“It’s funny because whatever we do, and you had to sign something during that Kavanaugh hearing, saying you were a peaceful protester, you didn’t engage in any violence,” Ms Benjamin said. Granthshala. She noted that her partner in the chair had been charged with a violent crime and went to federal court and it took a year to deal with the charge.

“It is completely insidious in the way he is trying to do one, portray January 6th as a peaceful intervention, and two that we do not face the consequences,” she said.

There were no Congress members in the rally, although two Congress candidates were present. The first was Mike Collins, who is running for Georgia’s 10th district, and the second was Kent, who is running for Washington’s third district against Rep. Jaime Herrera Beitler, one of 10 Republicans who have incited the rebellion. had voted to impeach Mr. Trump. Mr Trump has endorsed Mr Kent.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Justice

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