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Being in the US Capitol without Permission & Picketing is Called “Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct”; Climbing or even Stepping on Statues or Fountains or Walking on Grass Called “Injuries”; Property Damage Called “Act of physical violence” 40 U.S. Code CHAPTER 51
The fact that property damage can be defined as “violence” and that stepping on a statue is called an “injury” says volumes about the shift of values in society. It can also be used as a propaganda tool. While if everyone walks on the grass or steps on the foot of a statue there can be cumulative damage, violence and injury are certainly not the correct terms.
It wasn’t so very long ago, that climbing statues was part of peaceful protests, all over the world, but apparently no longer. Funny thing that when Americans worked hard with hand and push mowers to keep grass cut, people could walk on grass (turf). Now that immigrants – often illegal – ride on riding mowers, grass has become sacred.
“Forcible entry was a common law offence in England and Wales, but was abolished, along with forcible detainer, by the Criminal Law Act 1977. It was replaced with a new offence of “using violence to secure entry” under section 6 of that Act“ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forcible_entry
Some of the definitions given in this law are very different from common understanding – which often is rooted in common sense common law. In short, some are shockingly nutty:
“40 U.S. Code CHAPTER 51— UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS“ https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/40/subtitle-II/part-B/chapter-51
“40 U.S. Code § 5104 – Unlawful activities
(a) Definitions.—In this section—
(1) Act of physical violence.—The term “act of physical violence” means any act involving—
(A) an assault or other infliction or threat of infliction of death or bodily harm on an individual; or
(B) damage to, or destruction of, real or personal property.
(2) Dangerous weapon.—The term “dangerous weapon” includes—
(A) all articles enumerated in section 14(a) of the Act of July 8, 1932 (ch. 465, 47 Stat. 654); and
(B) a device designed to expel or hurl a projectile capable of causing injury to individuals or property, a dagger, a dirk, a stiletto, and a knife having a blade over three inches in length.
The term “explosives” has the meaning given that term in section 841(d) of title 18.
The term “firearm” has the meaning given that term in section 921(3)  of title 18.
(b) Obstruction of Roads.—
A person may not occupy the roads in the United States Capitol Grounds in a manner that obstructs or hinders their proper use, or use the roads in the area of the Grounds, south of Constitution Avenue and B Street and north of Independence Avenue and B Street, to convey goods or merchandise, except to or from the United States Capitol on Federal Government service.
(c) Sale of Articles, Display of Signs, and Solicitations.—A person may not carry out any of the following activities in the Grounds:
(1) offer or expose any article for sale.
(2) display a sign, placard, or other form of advertisement.
(3) solicit fares, alms, subscriptions, or contributions.
(d) Injuries to Property.—
A person may not step or climb on, remove, or in any way injure any statue, seat, wall, fountain, or other erection or architectural feature, or any tree, shrub, plant, or turf, in the Grounds.
(e) Capitol Grounds and Buildings Security.—
(1) Firearms, dangerous weapons, explosives, or incendiary devices.—An individual or group of individuals—
(A) except as authorized by regulations prescribed by the Capitol Police Board—
(i) may not carry on or have readily accessible to any individual on the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings a firearm, a dangerous weapon, explosives, or an incendiary device;
(ii) may not discharge a firearm or explosives, use a dangerous weapon, or ignite an incendiary device, on the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings; or
(iii) may not transport on the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings explosives or an incendiary device; or
(B) may not knowingly, with force and violence, enter or remain on the floor of either House of Congress.
(2) Violent entry and disorderly conduct.
—An individual or group of individuals may not willfully and knowingly—
(A) enter or remain on the floor of either House of Congress or in any cloakroom or lobby adjacent to that floor, in the Rayburn Room of the House of Representatives, or in the Marble Room of the Senate, unless authorized to do so pursuant to rules adopted, or an authorization given, by that House;
(B) enter or remain in the gallery of either House of Congress in violation of rules governing admission to the gallery adopted by that House or pursuant to an authorization given by that House;
(C) with the intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business, enter or remain in a room in any of the Capitol Buildings set aside or designated for the use of—
(i) either House of Congress or a Member, committee, officer, or employee of Congress, or either House of Congress; or
(ii) the Library of Congress;
(D) utter loud, threatening, or abusive language, or engage in disorderly or disruptive conduct, at any place in the Grounds or in any of the Capitol Buildings with the intent to impede, disrupt, or disturb the orderly conduct of a session of Congress or either House of Congress, or the orderly conduct in that building of a hearing before, or any deliberations of, a committee of Congress or either House of Congress;
(E) obstruct, or impede passage through or within, the Grounds or any of the Capitol Buildings;
(F) engage in an act of physical violence in the Grounds or any of the Capitol Buildings; or
(G) parade, demonstrate, or picket in any of the Capitol Buildings.
(3) Exemption of government officials.
—This subsection does not prohibit any act performed in the lawful discharge of official duties by—
(A) a Member of Congress;
(B) an employee of a Member of Congress;
(C) an officer or employee of Congress or a committee of Congress; or
(D) an officer or employee of either House of Congress or a committee of that House.
(f) Parades, Assemblages, and Display of Flags.
—Except as provided in section 5106 of this title, a person may not—
(1) parade, stand, or move in processions or assemblages in the Grounds; or
(2) display in the Grounds a flag, banner, or device designed or adapted to bring into public notice a party, organization, or movement.
(Pub. L. 107–217, Aug. 21, 2002, 116 Stat. 1176; Pub. L. 110–161, div. H, title I, § 1004(d)(2)(A)(iii), Dec. 26, 2007, 121 Stat. 2234; Pub. L. 110–178, § 4(b)(1)(C), Jan. 7, 2008, 121 Stat. 2552; Pub. L. 111–145, § 6(d)(1), Mar. 4, 2010, 124 Stat. 54.)”https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/40/5104
You have the right to free speech, as long as you don’t actually try it…?
Murder is a crime, unless it is done by [the US Capitol] police, as was the case with Ashli Babbitt.
“The Clash – Know Your Rights” https://youtu.be/_ObTpzPn6SU