An X-ray of a far-right paramilitary group founded by Stewart Rhodes.
This Tuesday, after the selection of the jury, the trial of the ultra-right paramilitary group, swearersFor events derived from the attack on the United States Capitol 6 January 2021.
As the note on the BBC En Espanol site tells us, among the accused is stewart rhodesThe group’s leader and founder, and four others.
is prosecuted for the crime of the group seditious conspiracy -to oppose the transfer of power to the President- and they could get a Imprisonment of up to 20 years.
Who are the keepers of the oath?
his name will be translated “Oath Keepers”, The phrase is derived from the promise of service made by the police, army and other officers.
According to the same note cited, it is an anti-government group in favor of weapons launched in 2009. What is its mission focused on? Recruiting people with military and police experience as well as other workers on the front lines of war.
rhodes is a former US Army paratrooper who attended Yale Law School and was an aide to Republican Congressman Ron Paul of Texas.
In 2014, the group was identified in a gun battle between a Nevada rancher and police. That same year he participated in protests in Ferguson, Missouri, when a police officer shot and killed a black man, Michael Brown.
“The danger is that they are getting into situations that are already stressful andincreased likelihood of violenceAlex Friedfeld, a researcher at the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.
Action of those taking oath in 2021
The BBC En Espaol notes that prosecutors in the case assured that Rhodes launched a campaign to deny the results of the November 2020 presidential elections, two days after the vote, when vote counting was still underway.
about, rhodes He reportedly wrote to his followers on the Signal messaging app: “We’re not going to get out of this without a civil war. It’s too late for that. Prepare your mind, body and soul.”
On January 6, 2021, several groups gathered in front of the Capitol after then-President Donald Trump held a political rally nearby.
trump He urged his supporters to march to the Congress headquarters so that “their voice can be heard peacefully and patriotic.” And then he insisted: “And if you don’t fight like hell, you’ll have no country anymore.”
loss swearers were present at that performance. According to recent research, rhodes He did not enter the Capitol that day. However the rest of his group did.