Washington D.C. Antifa Protesters Facing 80 Years In Prison

It’s all fun and games until you face 80 years behind bars. Approximately 200 antifa protesters are learning this lesson the hard way. According to Salon, 212 protesters were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department at the Donald Trump inaguration protests. They were initially charged with felony rioting. It carries a 10-year prison sentence and a $25,000 fine. On April 27, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia added additional charges that include urging to riot, conspiracy to riot and destruction of property. This brings the maximum sentence up to 70-80 years:

Olivia Alsip, a 23-year-old from Chicago, was amazed that inciting a riot could land you behind bars for 80 years. She complained about the possible sentence to Al Jazeera:

“It seems that innocent until proven guilty is a falsehood—all the way from the prosecution and police to the people who had previously supported me in my activism.” – Olivia Alsip

The defendants complain about the costs associated with traveling to Washington DC to defend themselves in court. We couldn’t locate a single post where the same defendants were complaining about traveling costs to attend the protests. The Antifa protesters attribute this to fighting the rich, however, not taking responsibility for your actions. Alsip claims she’s fighting the rich, because they have more money than her:

“Most of us don’t have a whole lot of money. Generally, we are fighting the rich because we are economically or politically disadvantaged and don’t have a lot of capital.” – Olivia Alsip

Perhaps she should have thought about that before inciting a riot?

At the time of writing this article, a handful of defendants have made deals with the authorities and entered guilty pleas in exchange for significantly shorter sentences.

130 refuse to cooporate

More than 130 protesters have signed a “Points of Unity” agreement. The agreement is a pledge to reject any potential plea deals and cooporation with the prosecution that comes at the expense of their co-defendants.

We’ll see how that works out for them in the upcoming months!

Source: Salon
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