Olivia Alsip, a 23-year-old from Chicago, was amazed that inciting a riot could land you behind bars for 80 years. She complained about the possible sentence to Al Jazeera:
“It seems that innocent until proven guilty is a falsehood—all the way from the prosecution and police to the people who had previously supported me in my activism.” – Olivia Alsip
The defendants complain about the costs associated with traveling to Washington DC to defend themselves in court. We couldn't locate a single post where the same defendants were complaining about traveling costs to attend the protests. The Antifa protesters attribute this to fighting the rich, however, not taking responsibility for your actions. Alsip claims she's fighting the rich, because they have more money than her:
“Most of us don’t have a whole lot of money. Generally, we are fighting the rich because we are economically or politically disadvantaged and don’t have a lot of capital.” – Olivia Alsip
Perhaps she should have thought about that before inciting a riot?
At the time of writing this article, a handful of defendants have made deals with the authorities and entered guilty pleas in exchange for significantly shorter sentences.
130 refuse to cooporate
More than 130 protesters have signed a “Points of Unity” agreement. The agreement is a pledge to reject any potential plea deals and cooporation with the prosecution that comes at the expense of their co-defendants.
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