A historical day in the US has just witnessed the first-of-kind attack on the Congress buildings in Washington, DC, as angry supporters of the outgoing president Donald Trump stormed and vandalized the US Capitol while legislators were certifying the results of 2020 elections, leaving millions of people around the US and the world in shock.
first two pictures is how the police treats people fighting for their rights during the blm manifestations and the other two are the police while trumpies are invading the capitol. see the difference? yeah we live in this world. it’s honestly insane to me. i can’t believe this pic.twitter.com/wcEoA4DiJi— cata (@rauhlslegendary) January 6, 2021
Thousands of online users shared photos of the events that didn't seem to be met with enough police force during the first hours, which reminded commentators of other less threatening protests that had the US police on alert.
Some of the shared photos also showed how the police handled protests that were organized by minority groups, including disabled people who had protested in June 2017 at the Senate against abolishing the Affordable Care Act by the Trump administration.
Disrespectful Respectfully— Top Shotta P (@vitaminDiddy) January 6, 2021
Protesting Protesting pic.twitter.com/E51qTm1Qhe
How capitol police handled disabled protestors fighting against abolishing the ACA a few years ago: pic.twitter.com/yYFs4vz0PG— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) January 6, 2021
Additionally, photos of pro-Trump rioters raising Confederate flags inside the Congress, as some of them vandalized offices caught photographers' attention, reminding the online community of the strong police response to similar riots by black individuals who had stormed department stores and coffee shops during the BLM protests last summer.
During the four years of the Civil War, the confederates never got closer to Washington than Fort Stevens. Until today, when insurrectionist supporters of @realDonaldTrump paraded through the U.S. Capitol Building carrying the Confederate battle flag. pic.twitter.com/mPye0ziVlj— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) January 6, 2021
Keep in mind this what they did when the BLM movement were PEACEFULLY protesting outside https://t.co/fnWTKf8aVU pic.twitter.com/UwghbEhwQE— Shannon Stirone ? (@shannonmstirone) January 6, 2021
Pointing at even more ironies after the Congress insurrection that resulted in at least 4 deaths so far, Twitter users shared photos of the different forms of protests organized by black people during the Black Lives Matter, ones that were considered 'offensive' to American symbols, such as Colin Kaepernick's kneeling during the national anthem, which had triggered a massive backlash by conservative voices over several years.
Remember everyone. Kap kneeling is disrespectful to the country and not the right way to protest but storming the White House is perfectly fine. #terrorists pic.twitter.com/7Ycz7W64Bt— Ry ?? (@BrewPack8) January 6, 2021
Written by Riham Darwish
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