First riot charges after US Capitol stormed

Iriot charges were first filed in the United States in connection with the seizure of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. As the US Department of Justice announced on Thursday, the founder of the far-right militia Oath Keepers and ten others are charged with “seditious conspiracy”. Stewart Rhodes, 56, who leads the militia, was arrested in the state of Texas on Thursday, the Justice Department said.

The legal term “seditious conspiracy” includes, among other things, the attempt to overthrow the U.S. government by force. Defendants face up to 20 years in prison. The Oath Keepers accuse the Washington government of violating their rights. The group focuses on recruiting police, soldiers and paramedics.

Thousands of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the seat of parliament just over a year ago. Their goal was to prevent Congress from confirming the electoral victory of current President Joe Biden. Four rioters died, as well as a policeman a little later. About 140 police officers were injured, four have since lost their lives. Hundreds of suspected rioters have been charged so far.

On the anniversary of the incident, President Joe Biden blamed his predecessor Trump for the storm and criticized him with harsh words. Justice Secretary Merrick Garland said the judiciary was determined to hold all perpetrators accountable, ‘whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the attack on our democracy’ .

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