Hundreds of protesters calling for Missouri Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley to resign gathered in front of the Old Courthouse in Downtown St. Louis on Saturday.
The protest was in response to Sen. Hawley's objection to President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college votes based on unfounded claims of voter fraud, which helped incite a Trump-supporting, extremist riot that breached the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday where five people died. A photo of Hawley shows him pumping his fist at protesters gathered outside the Capitol before the siege.
Protesters in Saint Louis held the street in front of the Old Courthouse for around two hours and painted "Resign Hawley" on South Broadway before the rally dispersed. Polaroid photos of the painted street were taken and mailed to the Missouri senator’s home in Virginia.
For some protesters, like teacher Janet Beltz who came with her granddaughter, this was their first time attending a protest. “This is first time I’ve ever done this”, Beltz said, ”This man should be charged with murder. How dare he."
Others in attendance, like Fred Johnson, a member of the Spanish Lake Township Democrats, have been involved with politics for some time. “It was like when I was in Vietnam; they overrode our position. They tried to take over our democracy. This is just the start of what they’re trying to do,” the Vietnam War veteran said.
Shana Blumenthal from St. Louis, right, dances with her daughter Sophia Schmittgens, center, in a soul train line
St. Louis community organizer and artist Maxi Glamour reads a speech they wrote
Megaphones and a pallet to stand on are placed on the sidewalk for people to speak
Fred Johnson, a member of the Spanish Lake Township Democratic Party, holds a sign
A protester pours paint while another spreads it with a roller in a taped outline that reads "Resign Hawley"
Elijah Foggy, 19, from St. Louis, addresses the crowd gathered during the Resign Hawley rally
Janet Beltz, center left, and her granddaughter Payton Beltz listen to speakers while holding signs
A protester walks between the words "Resign Hawley" painted on South Broadway
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