One letter keeps popping up whenever protestors try to storm highest levels of government.
QAnon adherents were among the individuals at the front line of the storming of Capitol Hill which played out on television in searing fashion Wednesday, with stunning pictures of guns drawn in the House of Representatives and hand-to-hand combat with police.
Scenes of mobs freely strolling through the halls of Congress and uploading celebratory photographs of themselves caused uproar – and many soon noticed QAnon paraphernalia.
One figure stood out among the mob at the Capitol: the “Q Shaman”, aka Jake Angeli, a notable figure in the QAnon conspiracy-theory movement.
The media described „Storming of the Capitol“ as an unprecedented event – dangerous and embarrassing for the United States of America.
However, scenes like these have seen across the world – in August 2020 demonstrators, many with far-right sympathies, broke through a cordon and ran up the steps of the German parliament.
QAnon paraphernalia also took a prominent place when the protesters tried to storm the Reichstag.
A letter Q is also seen among protesters in Serbia.
In July 2020 in Serbia a group of protesters stormed the Serbian parliament building in Belgrade in a protest against a lockdown.
They collided with police – tear gas was dispersed in same fashion as in Washhington D.C.
In all the cases of storming government buildings some of the rioters parroted a list of Q-related talking points – that coronavirus is a deceit, that globalists are running the world, and so on.
Recent criminal cases show that QAnon has contributed to the radicalisation of a number of ideologically motivated violent extremists.
In light of this, in 2019 an FBI intelligence bulletin stated that QAnon could ‘very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity,’ noting that ‘one key assumption driving these assessments is that certain conspiracy theory narratives tacitly support or legitimise violent action.’