Greenpeace: “Trump’s violent attempt to overthrow American democracy will fail”

January 6, 2021

This is a desperate attempt by the violent right wing to hold on to power at all costs. Those responsible must be held accountable.

© Tim Aubry / Greenpeace

In response to the violent mob storming the United States Capitol in an attempt to interfere with the democratic process, Annie Leonard, Greenpeace USA Executive Director, says:

“This white supremacist, anti-democratic attack on representative government was carefully and intentionally coordinated by Trump and many others on the right wing in order to prevent every vote from being counted. It is a desperate attempt by the violent right wing to hold on to power at all costs. Those responsible must be held accountable. 

“Americans have a right to peaceful protest. They do not have a right to violently storm the United States Capitol in order to stop the peaceful transfer of power. What we’ve seen in the past is lawmakers use these kinds of violent right wing riots as an excuse to restrict lawful protest, and so we have to make sure that in the days ahead these specific perpetrators and instigators are held accountable without infringing on our constitutionally protected right to protest. 

“The discrepancy between how the police are treating these violent white supremacists and how they have treated the Black Lives Matter protestors over the past decade shows that law enforcement is complicit in this unrest. This is the moment for law enforcement to take a side, and it must be on the side of the people’s will. The police, the national guard, and the military have a choice to make: will they allow a violent disruption of the democratic process or support the peaceful transition of power?

“Trump must be impeached immediately and removed from office before he succeeds at the violent overthrow of American democracy. This attempt to divide us will fail. There will be a transition of power and come January 20th, Joe Biden will be the president.” 

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