Among the participants in the violent protest at the Washington Capitol, where on January 6, Congress confirmed Joe Biden’s victory in the autumn presidential election, was the Olympic swimming winner Klete Keller. At least twelve people identified him in photographs taken during the riots.
Supporters of current President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol a week ago. A crowd of several hundred people crossed the security barriers, and after clashes with security and police, some broke into the meeting rooms. The congressmen had to evacuate and were able to return to the negotiations only after a few hours, when the police forces managed to evacuate the seat of the legislature with the help of tear gas and firearms. The riots claimed five lives.
Apparently one of the protesters was a member of the golden American relay races on 4x 200 meters freestyle from Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Keller. The 38-year-old former swimmer was recognized when photos of a tall man in the jacket of the American Olympic team appeared.
Keller deleted his social media accounts, but previously loudly supported President Trump. He is accused of inciting violence in the Chapter because he has long refused to acknowledge the electoral defeat.
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