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Police accused of leniency with Trumpists, severity with BLM demonstrators

US:Like many Americans, President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday accused US authorities of treating a pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol more leniently than last year’s Black Lives Matter (BLM) anti-racism demonstrators.

On Wednesday thousands of protesters -- spurred on by a speech given by President Donald Trump -- marched to the seat of the US legislature, where some broke down barriers and doors to invade the building in an unprecedented act that played out on live television.

But police officers in charge of security held off using tear gas until intruders had reached the heart of the building, where they roamed freely, ransacking offices.

US media reported that some law enforcement officials even opened doors for them.

The scene stood in stark contrast to last year’s anti-racism protests in the nation’s capital and beyond, which saw demonstrators forcibly dispersed by police, and the National Guard regularly deployed as an early preventive measure.

National Guard reinforcements did not arrive Wednesday until several hours into the chaos, despite participants publicizing their plans to gather days in advance.

Many Americans, led by anti-racism activists, have accused authorities overseeing Wednesday’s underwhelming response of “double standards.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama also voiced outrage Thursday, suggesting the Trump supporters would have been treated differently had they been Black.

“This summer’s Black Lives Matter protests were an overwhelmingly peaceful movement... And yet, in city after city, day after day, we saw peaceful protestors met with brute force,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

Prominent figures including entertainers “Captain America” actor Chris Evans tweeting: “Just think of the carnage had they not been white.”

“Just imagine for a second if BLM tried this BS.. Just sayin,” wrote rapper and actor Ice-T.

Meanwhile rapper Cardi B focused on Trump’s video message to the rioters released during the carnage, in which the president urged his supporters to “go home” but also told them: “We love you. You’re very special.”

Last year, Trump had assailed anti-racism protesters as “animals” and “thugs” who should be thrown in prison.

“The irony is pretty funny,” she tweeted. “Weren’t people just wild animals in the summer for demanding justice and now?”- AFP