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the rioter who wore a T-shirt with the inscription “Auschwitz” was arrested

The American Federal Police (FBI) announced that they had arrested, Wednesday, January 13, a rioter from the Capitol who wore a t-shirt mentioning the inscription “Camp Auschwitz”, and whose images, following the violent intrusion carried out in within the United States Congress, had upset the American Jewish community.

The FBI branch in Virginia arrested Robert Keith Packer, a resident of Newport News, in the same state (neighboring the federal capital, Washington). The rioter is accused of violent behavior, disturbing public order and unlawfully trespassing on the Capitol, according to court documents.

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Anger and distress

The images of Mr. Packer and his t-shirt, on which we could also read ” Work makes you free “, translation of“Arbeit macht frei”, the German sentence that surmounted the doors of the Polish extermination camp at Auschwitz, caused anger and distress in the Jewish community. Auschwitz belonged to the vast network of concentration and extermination camps set up by the Nazis during the Second World War in order to perpetrate the ” final solution “ Adolf Hitler. More than 1.1 million people are estimated to have been killed there.

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The FBI also announced the arrest on Wednesday of another suspect of violence on the Capitol on January 6. This is Douglas Allen Sweet, residing in Grimstead, Virginia.

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