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Speaker Coughlin Statement on Anniversary of January 6 Attack on the US Capitol

Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement reflecting on the events of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol:

“Democracy is the foundation on which our country stands. One year ago today, a violent mob stormed the United States Capitol in what can only be described as an act of harrowing domestic terror.

“An event fueled by hate and disinformation campaigns; the lives of Congressional members, staffers, officers and the public at-large were put at risk. In an attempt to divide us, a real evil that has been growing was revealed.

“Our foundation, however, cannot be shaken. Democracy does and will prevail. A year later, we reflect on the sacrifice of the many brave Capitol police and individuals, who on that day used their bodies for the protection of their friends, colleagues, and fellow Americans.

“The tragedy remains in the lives that were lost during the events of January 6th and over the course of the weeks and months that followed. We pray for solace for the families, while standing firm in our commitment as a nation to see justice be done.”