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Longmont residents gather to protest the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol

Vigil held in frigid temperatures
Tamara Taquette holds an American flag during a protest of the Jan. 6 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol

About 35 people powered through limb numbing conditions Thursday night to mark the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump, a tragic low point in American democracy, said protestor Judy Lubow.

“It was absolutely astounding that something like that would happen in our country,” said Lubow. “It looked like something that would happen in Nazi Germany.”

The gathering at Sixth Avenue and Main Street was part of a nationwide series of candlelight vigils to not only remember the Jan. 6 attack by right wing militants but also to promote a series of legislative measures, said Lynette McClain, organizer of the “Longmont Leads with Love Vigil.”

Groups are demanding Congress pass the Freedom to Vote Act, the Protecting Our Democracy Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and D.C. Statehood, McClain said in a news release.

“It’s time to begin pushing these proposals,” McClain said Thursday night. 

The group waved signs, held glowing candles and American flags while bundled up against the brutal cold. 

Mayor Joan Peck said she wanted to show support for the gathering, adding she was shocked at what happened one year ago. “I just don’t understand the mindset of attacking your own government,” Peck said. 

Still, the vigil was needed to keep reminding people about the insurrection. “We must always remember what happened that day,” Peck said.

Tammy Taquette just moved to Longmont from Florida and was heartened to hear about Thursday’s rally and wanted to join. “These are my people,” said Taquette as she looked around the group. 

“It was just stunning to me, that elected leaders just stood by and watched people beat and kill police officers,” she said. “What happened was simply an act of terrorism.”