While largely peaceful demonstrations against police killings of African Americans have been
met by violent repression, the attempted takeover of the US Capitol by a white supremacist
mob saw very light security and even collaboration.
When UNAC organized a peaceful demonstration in Chicago at the NATO summit in 2012, there were lines of cops all along the march route and, at the end of the event, when they saw there was no violence, the cops attacked anyway. There were no lines of cops in DC on January 6.
The US has always used right-wing forces and employed the same tactics to discredit elections that Trump is using now. Both Republicans and Democrats, especially Biden and of course Trump have used these tactics abroad for years.
Every Regime Change operation began with repeatedly calling an election fraudulent, refusing to accept the results, and bringing in violently disruptive right-wing forces to try and change the results. These disrupters are always called “democratic forces” in the US media when they are in other countries.
This was the US tactic of choice in Ukraine, in Venezuela, in Syria, in Libya, in Hong Kong and in Bolivia, just to name a few recent examples. [read more]