Video posted online shows a group of protesters erecting a model guillotine outside Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Washington D.C. mansion on Sunday.
A flyer for the event, posted by a group called, “abolish the present/reconstruct our future,” stated, “End the abuse and profiteering. Abolish the police, the prisons, and Amazon.”
A sign placed in front of the guillotine read, “support our poor communities, not our wealthy men.”
In another video posted to Twitter, a protester with megaphone said, “when they become threatened, and we have no voice, the knives come out.”
A Democratic Senate candidate has unveiled the guillotine as her campaign’s new logo to symbolize the “very serious problems with our government” that must be addressed “before a violent uprising becomes inevitable.”
Bre Kidman, the Senate candidate of Maine challenging Susan Collins in November, and a self-described “non-binary” socialist, said the execution apparatus was the perfect symbol to represent her party’s upcoming war with the Republicans and the wealthy.
“We’re not going to start a guillotine in Monument Square (in Portland) and start beheading people,” Kidman told the Portland Press-Herald last week.