Democrats and Republicans held a vigil on the first anniversary of the assault on the US Capitol.

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source: aljazeera.com

Democrats and Republicans held a vigil on the first anniversary of the assault on the US Capitol.

After a year of the violent events that left six dead, political groups, members of the Senate, and the House of Representatives participated in commemorative events to remember the victims.

The insurmountable political gap that divides the United States materialized this Thursday in Washington with the gathering of two vigils of diametrically opposite meanings on the occasion of the first anniversary of the assault on the Capitol, which only managed to bring together the most unconditional.

A year after one of the darkest chapters in the country's history, leftist groups and supporters of the Democratic Party gathered with candles in front of the Congress building. A mob of far-rightists stormed on January 6, 2021, to demand resilience. Of American democracy.

Almost at the same time, but separated by three kilometers away, a dozen eccentric followers of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) prayed in front of the Washington Prison to ask for the release of those arrested for the assault on the Capitol, to those they consider "political prisoners."

Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States joined the activity.

"I never would have imagined that something like this could happen. I'm worried about democracy," she told Efe, recalling what happened a year ago, Kay Drew, a 71-year-old retiree who participated in the Democratic vigil in front of the Capitol pond.

In that same place, on January 6 of last year, hundreds of supporters of the former president stormed the headquarters of Congress when a joint session of the two chambers was held to endorse the victory of the now-president, Joe Biden, in the November elections. 2020.

The former president, who refused to accept his defeat against Biden in the 2020 election, held a rally before his supporters just before the assault. He encouraged the crowd to march to the Capitol and "fight" to prevent seizing. Certify the electoral result.

This time, the shouts of the ultra-rightists in the headquarters of Congress were replaced by a chorus of gospel and speeches by some Democratic congressmen on a stage under the words "The voters decide. Protect democracy".

At this rally, there was applause for Capitol cops who stood up to the mob, one of whom was killed, and boos against voting restrictions that Republicans have pushed in 19 states claiming without proof that Biden won through fraud.

Snow on the ground from a recent winter storm and low temperatures deterred many from participating in the vigil. In contrast, as many Washington citizens went about their daily lives oblivious to a commemoration that has been marking the country's political agenda for weeks.

Who did attend the scene was James, a 34-year-old who considers that American democracy is "in danger" because "there are people who believe that (the assault on the Capitol) never happened or was not so serious."

And he was not misled, since at the gates of the Washington Jail, Kate, a woman in her 60s who did not want to identify herself by her real name, gathered with other Trump supporters to demand the release of the more than 700 detainees for the attack on the Capitol.

"I was there, and it was not an insurrection. No one around me was violent, okay? The violence came from the other side," she told Efe, visibly upset during the rally that attracted more journalists than protesters.

This denialist speech penetrated the Republican Party, whose leaders avoided participating this Thursday in the commemorative events organized inside the Capitol.

From this building, Biden delivered a speech in which he accused Trump of "creating and spreading a web of lies about the 2020 elections" that incited hundreds of his followers to attack the Capitol for his "wounded ego."

"Biden is a puppet of the Chinese Communist Party. I don't understand how he could get elected if he is so unpopular, "replied Alexander, a man who supported the fraud theory which came to the prison protest with a folding chair.

The concentration, called by the organization Look ahead the United States, only brought together a dozen people, with American flags, a "cowboy" hat, and no mask despite the advance of the omicron variable of the coronavirus.