BY AASHISH KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA
Recently an armed and angry mob of Trump’s supporters stormed Capitol Hill. The US Capitol Hill was under siege by the Trump supporters. The supporters started attacking the police and destroying the barricades. Capitol was under sieged after Trump’s ‘Save America Rally’.
Protests and the Left
The history of Protests and the Left go way back in time. In order to understand that history, we will have to understand why protests and the Left are so connected to each other. The basic ideology of the Left is that the system has been corrupted and it’s not serving its purpose now. Hence, the system needs to be changed completely to have a functional system in the true sense.
The Left has been protesting for ages ranging from the Civil Rights Movements to the Black Lives Matter movement or the Antifa. People who align themselves with the ideologies of the Left are usually active when it comes to showing their support or dissent against someone. Now, the tables have been turned and it’s the people who align themselves with the ideologies of the Right and who support Trump were on the streets to show their dissent towards the allegedly ‘fraudulent elections’.
US Capitol Siege
The beauty of democracy is its freedom for people to express themselves and show their dissent peacefully without fearing anyone. However, the same beauty could be turned into horror within seconds if the protestors choose to not protest peacefully and opt for violence. The people who marched and tried to take control over Capitol resorted to violence. They were smashing windows and attacking police officers and as a result, people on both sides lost their lives. Four civilians lost their lives and one police officer lost his life due to the violence.
It’s not unusual for protests to get violent sometimes but, the moment it is then the protestors themselves are putting a question on Democracy itself. But, when one side resorts to violence then the other side also resorts to violence in the act of ‘self-defense’. In the beginning, the protestors were successful in breaching the security and stop the electoral vote tally that was going on but, eventually Police were successful in getting back control, and the tally was resumed.
Why is Trump being blamed for all this?
One might say that the supporters don’t need orders from the person they’re supporting to do something for him/her but, this time it was different. Donald Trump said “And after this, we’re going to walk down there, and I’ll be there with you, we’re going to walk down…to the Capitol and we are going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women,”. “And we’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them. Because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength and you have to be strong.”
A President shouldn’t say such provocative statements, especially while addressing the crowd. The statements like “We’re going to walk down there and I’ll be with you”, and “You have to show strength and you have to be strong” are clearly provocative in nature. Even if you love a politician then too you have to think logically and not do anything and everything. There was a woman among the four civilians who lost their lives whose family blames Trump for the loss of their family member.
The violence can’t be undone now and neither could the time be reversed. Trump didn’t lose anything in all these events but, the families lost their members. We don’t know for sure whether the elections were fraudulent or not but, what we do know that a full-blown attack was launched on the US Capitol because of that rumor. The point that we are trying to make here is that we shouldn’t blindly follow anyone be it a politician or someone else. We have to think logically and decide what we want to do and not what the person we support wants us to do.
Violence a resort or not?
Violence is never a solution. We will only lose even after winning if we switch to violence. Mahatma Gandhi said that “Non-violence is an intensely active force when properly understood and used”. Let us remind you about a few peaceful protests that shook the world:
- Montgomery Bus Boycott: One can never forget about this event that paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person.
- The Salt March: When dozens followed Mahatma Gandhi in the 240 miles long journey to challenge the British law which stated that no Indian could collect or sell salt in the country.
- Suffrage Parade: When 5,000 courageous women came out in public to speak for the right to equal political participation.
- Delano Grape Boycott: The 25-day hunger strike that forced the authorities to make amendments and end the exploitative abuse of American farmworkers.
The sole purpose of diving into history was to highlight that protests are supposed to be peaceful and peaceful protests do work. What the Trump supporters did was absolutely wrong but, due to that the Left had to taste something that they are a bit too familiar with i.e., protests.