LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - Protesters were stomping on Capitol grounds from Georgia to New Mexico on Monday following mayhem at the nation’s Capitol building.
The front of the Capitol in Baton Rouge was filled with flags, signs, and protesters making speeches.
“We’ve seen some protests around the Capitol for various issues [and] that’s fine, says Louisiana Senator Mark Abraham. “I believe that people should be able to protest, but they need to be able to do it in a peaceful way. I’m actually proud that the people of Louisiana, so far, have not resorted to the type of stuff I’ve seen in Washington today.”
Lake Charles voters reflect on a historic day for the nation’s capitol, remaining shocked at how tempers flared and questioning weak security measures to guard the U.S. Capitol building.
“I was talking to my parents about whether or not it was actually going to get violent because they actually live in D.C.,” says voter Steven Milner. “My parents are like, it’s not going to get violent; and I said, it wouldn’t surprise me for one second if it did.”
“There’s like National Guard and arms to the gills, people all up on the Capitol steps, but these guys got in?” asks Ryan Robledo. “This kind of stuff that is happening is just so crazy to me - it was so easy for them to get in, and that people were cheering.”
“It surprised me that people were climbing the walls, it surprised me that I saw someone in the Senate chambers climbing on the podium, screaming,” says Senator Abraham. “[It] is a little surprising, a little shocking. When I read that lawmakers had to put their gas masks on because tear gas was being used inside the Capitol, that’s a scary situation.”
Louisiana voters say the protests compromised the integrity of the democratic system.
“We can have disagreements on policy and stuff like that, but we should all concur that we should proceed in a constitutional manner,” says Robledo.