Its all fun and games until you spend the rest of your natural life behind bars – all because you couldn’t accept the results of a democratic election. Which is in itself bad enough, but to plan and carry out violent protests where you hurt innocent people and destroy public and private property? These “protesters” deserve everything that is coming to them. At least 200 protesters who gathered in Washington, D.C. to oppose Trump are facing felony charges that carry sentences between 70 and 80 years.
The protesters, who were arrested by Metropolitan Police Department, were initially only charged with felony rioting, a crime that carries a maximum of 10 years and a fine of $25,000. However, On the 27th of April, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia added additional charges including urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and destruction of property. This brings their possible prison sentences up to 80 years.
According to Al Jazeera, the protesters, made up of “anti-fascists” and black bloc anarchists, left behind broken glass from the windows of cafes, restaurants and banks. They defaced buildings and stores with paint, inscribing “Make racists afraid again,” and “F*ck Trump”. There were several confrontations between the protesters and law enforcement, causing the officers to fire rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowd, finally managing to arrest more than 200 of them.
Some of the arrested protesters have pleaded guilty and made deals with authorities for lowers sentences, while more than 130 of them have collectively pledged to reject cooperation with prosecutors. Last Friday, 21 defendants filed motions (PDF) to have their cases dismissed but it is unclear where their motions will be upheld or otherwise. Replying to Al Jazeera by email, MPD spokesperson Rachel Reid said: “the arrests on Inauguration Day is the subject of pending litigation and… the MPD has no comment”.
Well, these people want to “Bash the fash”, I think its only fair that we send them to a place where there are lots of actual fascists. The real irony in this is that these idiots were protesting the fact that their preferred candidate lost an election. By going to jail, they are giving up their right to vote for a couple more decades (Assuming they live that long). “we hate Trump so much that we’re going to make sure that we can never vote against him again, that’ll show him”.
Prison doesn’t sound like such a bad place anyway, I hear the food is really good.