Man Wearing Camp Auschwitz Hoodie During US Capitol Riots Has Been Arrested
The riots at the Capitol saw Trump supporters terrorise Congress and, as a result, many arrests have taken place. The latest has been a man who was seen wearing a Camp Auschwitz hoodie.
Since the last week’s violent riot at the Capitol building in Washington, in which five people died, images of those who were involved in storming the building have been shared online in an attempt to identify them.
One of the most striking images was of a man wearing an offensive ‘Camp Auschwitz’ hoodie that read ‘Work Brings Freedom’. Naturally, many were appalled by the hoodie and the fact the Trump supporter was glorifying the horrific actions of the Nazis at the concentration camp where 1.1 million men, women and children lost their lives.
Many will hope that his fascist allegiances are investigated, particularly as the hoodie was said to have the word ‘staff’ written on the back. The investigation process can now begin as police have confirmed the arrest of the rioter today, January 13.
The man has now been identified as Robert Keith Packer and has been arrested in Virginia. While the grounds have not been shared with the public, the individual will probably have similar charges as others who have been arrested following the incident. These charges have included knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Human Rights Watch European Media Director Andrew Stroehlein took to Twitter to condemn Packer, writing:
If you’re storming a parliament with people wearing “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirts, you know what side you’re on…
These are the faces of hatred and extremism.
2021 has shown an uglier side of US politics, with democracy seemingly at threat and Republican candidates using Nazi terminology. With this in mind, it seems that the country will need to once again unify after what was described as an attempted ‘coup’ that has left the country divided.
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