Sunday, October 24

Hundreds of Trump supporters surround the Capitol again


Washington Correspondent

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The great conspiracy plot about the alleged electoral fraud in the USA, which led to the insurrection of January 6 and the looting of the Capitol, is still alive and growing. This Saturday, hundreds of people stood before the headquarters of the North American legislative power, who now denounce that those arrested by the insurrection – almost 650 – they are actually political prisoners, subjected to torture.

Not that those gathered gave many details about this alleged torture. They denounced, megaphone in hand, that the detainees, most of whom are awaiting trial, they are denied the right to shave and cut their hair, that there is mold in their cells and that when they are hungry they give them biscuits or bread, nothing comparable to Turkish, Iranian or Chinese prisons, but still reason enough to come to Washington to protest again, just eight months after the insurrection.

The concentration was quite soulless, especially since there was more police and journalists than protesters. Still, they were enough for authorities to re-erect the fence that surrounded the Capitol after the January looting. There was a lot of American flag, a lot of T-shirt and cap with Trump’s last name, and posters in most cases inscrutable: “Freedom for Biden’s political prisoners”, “Where are their civil rights?”, “The corruption of justice leads to evil “,” Congress has a fence, our country does not. “

As is often the case at these demonstrations, the crowd was colorful and diverse. There was more than one uniformed man: several policemen and a firefighter. One guy was dressed as Batman, another as Jesus Christ. Red ties were plentiful, a sign that Trump’s unmistakable style is still in vogue in different circles. A young man dressed as Davy Crockett, the king of the wild frontier, with a stuffed raccoon on his head, was singing a kind of hymn with the name of Ashli ​​Babbitt.

Babbitt has become the patron saint of these encounters. She is the Capitol robber who was shot dead by an agent while trying to rob a part of the House of Representatives. His name is chanted over and over again with an indignant voice, proof for these people that the powers that be drowned out what was nothing more than a demonstration that should be protected by freedom of expression. In oblivion are the four police officers who committed suicide after the violent assault, and the fifth who died after being beaten and shaken. Three other assailants died from overdoses and heart attacks.

They denounce torture

At one point he got on a dais and took the microphone Jeff Zink, who was here on Capitol Hill protesting on January 6 with his son. He was questioned by the FBI, but did not press charges. The son, however, was arrested and charged with various violent crimes. “My son Ryan has lost his job, his home, he was tortured, he was locked in a moldy cell, they did not let him shower,” denounced Zink, who is candidate for congress in Arizona.

For Cara Castronuova, who was also protesting here on January 6, Washington has become “a gulag,” where these insurgents are treated “like Jews in the Holocaust.” Among the reasons for torture that the attendees gave: they are forced to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, as if they were guinea pigs. Castronuova, by the way, is a retired boxing champion, now into politics.

Dressed like a Trump stuntman, red tie included, Joe Kent, who is running for Congress in Washington state, said he was a former soldier and served in Iraq. “It is in Iraq where suspects are arrested and detained, not here within our borders,” he explained. “Our country seems to be on the verge of becoming a banana republic.”

The truth is that the organizers of the protest were aware of the leanness of the crowd, and, by way of excuse, they repeated over and over again that the media and Democrats had sowed fear for days, warning of another possible insurrection. They also denounced that the FBI had threatened many of those who wanted to participate and that some had even been arrested as long as they did not reach the steps in front of the Capitol. This newspaper asked him Matt Braynard, the main convener, if he considered the demonstration a success, with only about 200 people around him, in addition to the police and the press. Said yes. “Look at all the journalists who have come,” he said, with a gesture as if to appreciate the free publicity.

Braynard worked for the Trump campaign in 2020, but He denied that this demonstration had anything to do with the former president. “This is a purely patriotic exercise for our First Amendment rights, to defend fellow Americans who have been denied their civil rights because of their political beliefs,” he said. (The first amendment of the North American constitution is the one that protects the freedom of expression).

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