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District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday announced a civil lawsuit against two extremist groups over their role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol Hill.

The Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, along with more than 30 individuals who are associated with the groups, have been accused of “conspiring to terrorize the District of Columbia,” according to Racine.

“I’m suing the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, the first civil lawsuit by a government entity against the Jan. 6 insurrectionists. They caused extensive damage to the District (of Columbia, DC), our democracy and particularly the brave men and women of our Metropolitan Police Department,” Racine said on Twitter.

Racine went on to say: “I’m seeking damages in this case and will keep working to ensure such an assault never happens again.”

The January 6 riot

On January 6,  hundreds of supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed into the US Capitol in a bid to disrupt the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s victory. 

Lawmakers were forced into hiding as protesters breached security.

In the chaos, five people were killed and many more were injured. A number of those who were arrested were identified as being involved with extremist groups.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Protesters and police clash

    Supporters of US President Donald Trump clash with police officers in front of the Capitol Building in Washington DC on January 6. Congress was holding a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win over President Trump.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Angry protesters march towards the Capitol

    Aggressive pro-Trump supporters rallied outside the US Capitol’s Rotunda. Police tried to keep up them back, but they breached security and forced their way into the building.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Forceful entry

    An angry pro-Trump mob breaks into the US Capitol building on January 6, 2021, while Congress holds a joint session to ratify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College win over President Trump.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Guns drawn

    With guns drawn, US Capitol police officers watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber, the inner-most room where legislators had convened to ratify the Electoral College vote.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Standoff outside the Senate

    Security officials try to keep up off the rioters in the hallway outside the Senate chamber as lawmakers on the other side of the door are rushed to safety.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Taking over the Senate

    After breaking by Capitol security, a protester rushes to the middle of the Senate chamber and screams “Freedom.”

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Invading the Senate chamber

    A rioter manages to improving security, and jumps from the public gallery to the floor of the Senate chamber.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Taking shelter

    People frantically searched for shelter in the House gallery, as the protesters tried to break into the House chamber. According to a White House reporter on the House floor, people were given gas masks that were under the seats.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Protesters move in

    Pro-Trump supporters took over the offices vacated by lawmakers who had been rushed to safety.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    No holding back

    Without police or security officials to keep up them back, protesters walzed by the Rotunda and lawmaker’s offices. This one carried away the lectern of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Tear gas against protesters

    Security forces use tear gas on rioters rallying outside the US Capitol Building.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Chaos in the Capitol

    An explosion caused by a police munition goes off while pro-Trump supporters rally in front of the US Capitol building. Washington police and the national guard have been deployed to disperse the protesters.

  • Pro-Trump protesters storm US Capitol: In pictures

    Dispersing protesters

    Members of the National Guard and Washington DC police have been deployed to the Capitol to disperse protesters. A city-wide curfew went into effect from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am.

    Author: Kristin Zeier

Trump and his allies have been accused of inciting the rioters in a speech shortly before the violence broke out. Last week, a federal court of appeals ruled against Trump, who had tried to keep White House documents relating to the January 6 Capitol breach secret.

The three-estimate panel rejected Trump’s claim that the documents were protected by executive privilege, saying they were in fact vital for an investigation into what led hundreds of people to attack the Capitol.

Several individual members of the Oath Keepers were accused of conspiring to block the congressional certification of Biden’s victory. at the minimum one of them so far has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy case and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

Who are the Proud Boys?

The Proud Boys are categorized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and a number of other civil rights organizations. 

The group was established in 2016 by Canadian-British right-wing activist and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. He has since distanced himself from the group.

The Canadian group classifies the Proud Boys as a terrorist group. 

The all-male organization, which describes itself as a haven for “Western chauvinists,” holds a history of street violence against left-wing groups and activists.

Who are the Oath Keepers?

The Oath Keepers is a right-wing organization formed in 2009 by army veteran Stuart Rhodes, shortly after the election of Barack Obama. The group seeks to uphold and defend its interpretation of the constitution.

Its name – the Oath Keepers – refers to the idea of taking an oath which law enforcement officials and members of the military attempt.

According to its leadership, the group is made up of current and former members of the military and law enforcement.

A chief document the group follows is called the “Declaration of orders we will not obey.” These are 10 specific orders members of the group will refuse to obey. These include refusing to disarm American people, refusing to place Americans in detention camps and refusing to blockade US cities among other orders.

kb/fb (AFP, Reuters)

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