While many consider the deadly event a black eye for the country and democracy, some in South Florida are planning a gathering in downtown Miami tomorrow afternoon to “commemorate” the anniversary of January 6 and stand in solidarity with those who are facing the legal consequences of the storming of the Capitol.
A digital flyer posted in the J6 Patriot News Telegram channel calls on attendees to “Bring your American Flags and Peacefully Join” at 3:30 p.m. as organizers commemorate the anniversary outside the Federal Detention Center (FDC) at 33 NE Fourth St., where Paul Hodgkins, the first person sentenced for participating in the insurrection, is being held. Hodgkins is due for release in May.
The flyer was shared in numerous Telegram channels frequented by right-wing groups, including Don’t Tread on Florida, and the channel belonging to Miami’s Vice City chapter of the far-right Proud Boys.
The one-time leader of the Vice City Proud Boys, Gabriel Garcia, is scheduled to “host a prayer vigil” outside the detention center, along with guest speakers and a press conference, according to the flyer.
Garcia himself was identified as having been inside the Capitol during the insurrection and faces several misdemeanor and felony charges for his involvement, though he is free on bail. According to court documents filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Garcia videoed himself entering the Capitol with other rioters, exclaiming, “Nancy [Pelosi], come out and play,” and calling United States Capitol Police officers who tried to stop the rioters “fucking traitors.”
Sympathizers have continually argued that the arrested rioters are “patriots” who are being mistreated by the justice system for trying to stop what they saw as a fraudulent transfer of power.