According to several U.S. media reports, a right-wing civil society organization that supports US President Trump originally planned to launch a “democracy” march in Washington, D.C., on January 6 to protest against Trump’s “injustice” in the presidential election.
However, the leader of the organization was arrested by Washington police on suspicion of “damaging property” for burning the flag of a hostile stance group in another previous protest.
The incident also aroused dissatisfaction and protests from many Trump supporters, saying that it was suppressing “democracy”.
However, the vast majority of mainstream media in the United States and the West are extremely calm about this matter, and even approve of the police’s arrest of this person.
According to reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian, Enrique, the leader of the right-wing civil society organization Proud Boys, who was scheduled to launch a “democracy” march on January 6 to protest against the “injustice” suffered by Trump in the presidential election last November.
Enrique Tarrio was arrested by Washington police on suspicion of damaging property after taking the flag flying in a black American church and burning it last December.
A live video at that time showed that the flag burned by Tario and others was printed with the political slogan “Black people’s lives are also lives” – a black American political slogan to protest racism.
Later, Washington police added charges such as illegal possession of bullet clips to his arrest.
But Washington police’s arrest of Tario on the eve of the parade aroused the dissatisfaction of a large number of Trump supporters.
For example, in the following online post, a Trump supporter complained: Are you kidding that you don’t catch those who smashed, robbed and burned people in American cities in the name of anti-racism in the past year, but caught a person who burned their flags? That’s enough!
Another Trump supporter also complained: Tario was caught just burning a “black man’s life is life” flag, but do you remember the last time someone was arrested for burning the American flag? They are also likely to prosecute him for hate crimes.
There is really no justice in the United States now.
There are also Trump supporters who claim that they have been “persecuting” Trump for the past four years and “slandering” a prosecutor who “appeared Russia” is related to Tario’s arrest this time.
This has convinced many Trump supporters that Tario’s arrest is that Trump’s political opponents are using public power to suppress those who want to protest for Trump to dismantle their “democracy” march on January 6.
However, many mainstream media in the United States are not only calm about Tario’s arrest.
None of the media said that it was “suppressing dissent” and violating democracy, but also characterized these right-wing civil groups that support Trump as “violent extremist organizations”.
Many supporters of these media believe that terrorists such as Tario who promote extreme white racism should be arrested.
(The mainstream media USA Today characterized right-wing groups that support Trump, including the Proud Boys led by Tario, as a “violent extremist group”)
But Tario’s supporters argue that he is actually a dark Cuban immigrant, and say that his opposition to the movement of “black lives are also lives” is “not related to” propaganda of white racism, but because it is a “communist” movement that will harm the American system.
In response to this argument, some American netizens said that there are indeed a group of Cubans in the United States who despise their race and worship white people very much, and even think they are also part of the white people, so they tend to act more “white” than white people.