Witnesses and victims remember the January 6 uprising in America

Washington.- After most of the delegates managed to escape, some three dozen MLAs were still lying on the marble floors of the balconies of the lower house session hall, which were closed to the public due to the Covid-19 outbreak. He was the last to leave and was a direct witness to the violent rebellion that sought to block the authentication of Joe Biden’s election victory.

When the rebels tried to break the doors of the room, these MLAs called their families. They took whatever they could to defend themselves and mentally prepared themselves to fight. Some people thought that they would die that day.

“I looked up and realized we were trapped,” said Rep. Jason Crowe, a former Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. “They had vacated the first floor. They forgot about us”.

These legislators were witnesses and victims of an unprecedented attack on the democratic system of the United States. Along with some aides and journalists, he remained on campus while Capitol police tried to stop a crowd of Donald Trump supporters.

About an hour after the rebellion broke out, the legislators were finally evacuated.

Interviewed by the Associated Press before the first anniversary of the rebellion, 10 delegates among the last to be rescued said the experience traumatized them.

They clearly remember the noise made by the gas mask given to them, like that of a hornet. Tear gas grenades explode in the corridors outside. The screams of the cops who asked him to stay on the floor. Strikes by rebels trying to open the doors. Door latch noise. And above all, a shot that resonated with the camera.

“I have heard gunshots in the past. It was clear that someone had fired a gun,” said the crow. “I knew the situation was serious.”

Agent Michael Byrd was shot and killed Trump supporter Ashley Babbitt, who was trying to enter the hall of the Lower House through a broken window.

Lawmakers knew what the rebels were looking for: stop Congress from attesting to Biden’s victory. Hours before a congressional meeting to confirm the Democratic nominee’s victory, Trump exhorted his supporters to fight.

Democratic Representative Val Demings was one of the people who stayed in the House of Representatives hall until the last minute. Demings, the former Orlando police chief, was stunned when officers said Congress had intruders. “I knew the police were being sidelined. As a former police officer, I also knew that the officers would do everything possible to protect us.”

Demings told a colleague next to him: “Remember we have history. If we die today, others will come and verify the vote.”

Once the situation was under control, Congress met again that night to testify Biden’s victory.

In the days that followed, many MLAs stayed in the galleries connected to the phone. Those talks took on a group therapy tone. “Gallery Group”, he called himself.

Went to see many doctors. Some were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and their difficulties were linked to increased tension in Congress and death threats. Many said the tendency of Republican lawmakers to downplay, if not outright overlook, the act of violence that hurt them more than the attack.

Democratic Rep. Anne Custer, who sought treatment for post-traumatic stress, said the gallery group connects with text messages almost daily.

Kuster was one of the first to leave the gallery through a door along with three other lawmakers, before the others closed in the room. When Kuster’s group came out into the hallway, a handful of demonstrators ran towards them.

“We went to an elevator,” Custer said. “I said to a wonderful cop, ‘By God, if the doors are open, will they kill us?’ I will never forget this moment. He replied, ‘Ma’am, I am here to protect you.’

“And to protect democracy,” she said.

While being evacuated, the lawmakers saw some agents holding their guns down half a dozen rebels lying on the ground.

Returning home two days later, Custer watched hours of video of the rebellion. This increased his shock.

“I remember my husband came and found me crying,” she said. “He hugged me and said, ‘I don’t know if you should see this.’

“But we have to. And we must accept the reality of what happened. We are witnesses and victims of what happened.