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El Pasoans in D.C. were eyewitnesses to the Capitol chaos

WASHINGTON, DC -- While many Americans watched the chaos at the nation's Capitol unfold from their homes on television or via social media, some El Pasoans were actually there to see it first hand for themselves.

Journalist and former ABC-7 reporter Julio Cesar-Chavez was covering the events at the Capitol building for Reuters.

As he arrived on scene, he observed the crowd getting loud and violent.

"There were police using flash-bang grenades and riot shields to push the protesters back," said Chavez. "They did push them back and ended up getting control of the north side entrance. They used tear gas, they used pepper spray."

Chavez said he came prepared for the potential of violence.

"I wore a normal bullet proof vest and a chest plate or extra protection," he explained.

Also there at the Capitol was Bethany Hatch, another El Pasoan who is a former Texas state senate candidate.

She was there with some friends; earlier they had watched President Trump address many of the protesters at a nearby rally.

"We got there (at the Capitol) a little after the first flash-bomb," she told ABC-7. "We didn't hear them, but we had heard they had gone off and we saw people breaching the barriers at the Capitol."

Hatch added, "We stayed back and kind of just observed what was going on," to avoid any trouble.

At lease one of these two El Pasoans will be returning to the scene.

Chavez said he will head back at the Capitol to cover the aftermath on Thursday morning.

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Shelby Montgomery

Las Cruces native Shelby Montgomery is an ABC-7 reporter who also co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.



  1. El pasoans were witnesses to white Trumper actions? Good!!! About time! Trump followers are scum SOBs. They deserve to get shot at! If you are that stupid, then….bam bam! White lives matter? Lol.

    1. Ayanna Pressley called for “unrest in the streets”, maxine waters openly said to harass Trump officials and supporters. Well look who’s scared now. Look who was cowering in fear of whom. Look who needed POLICE to save them…..democrats. If you call people names long enough they will react. But folks like Mark turner aka:mia w/cara/etc will only do that behind the screen on the internet cause they need a safe space. Hide behind your keyboard, loser!

    1. I wonder if KVIA will have any liability if alberto/turner go off and try to actually harm someone, after making threats to do so? alberto and his 25 personalities got permanently banned on the Herald Post for that.

  2. Every time one of these leftist assholes makes threats, copy and paste them into a word file and keep them in case any of these keyboard cowards actually snaps and shows up on your property. Is shows that you had been threatened and were in reasonable fear for your safety when you deal with them.

  3. KUTV has confirmed a Utah man involved in violent protests in Utah this Spring was in D.C & stormed the Capitol amid violent protests.
    spoke to him. The story on 2 News at 10. His most often used hashtags: #blm #antifa #burn #fuckthesystem #abolishthepolice #fucktrump

  4. Home | Politics
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    Gaetz, Other Republicans Suggest Antifa Behind Capitol Violence
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    Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., addresses the crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump during a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, in Sanford, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack via AP)
    By Theodore Bunker | Thursday, 07 January 2021 11:07 AM

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    Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and other Republicans are claiming, without evidence, that the violent riots at the Capitol on Wednesday were instigated by members of antifa, and not supporters of President Donald Trump.

    “I don’t know if the reports are true, but The Washington Times has just reported some pretty compelling evidence from a facial recognition company that some of the people who breached the Capitol today were not Trump supporters, they were masquerading as Trump supporters, and in fact were members of the violent terrorist group antifa,” Gaetz said on Wednesday night, after Congress resumed its session.

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