Statement From the Epilepsy Foundation on Violence at the U.S. Capitol

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Epilepsy Foundation condemns the actions of the violent mob that stormed the United States Capitol yesterday. The Foundation leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. The well-being of people living with the epilepsies and seizure disorders rely on a government and society rooted in public health, science, facts, and equity. Those principles were resoundingly violated yesterday as some attempted to discredit our nation’s democratic process and overturn an election through violent means.

While peaceful protest is a fundamental right and hallmark of robust democracy, yesterday’s forceful actions claimed four lives, threatened the health and well-being of many more, and sought to undermine the very foundations of our democratic system – the right to vote, the separation of powers and the rule of law. These were organized and deliberate actions and no citizen has the fundamental right to attempt the violent overthrow of the federal government. This insurrectionist group also ignored necessary precautions to prevent the spread of a deadly virus—putting our government officials, their staff, law enforcement, and each other in danger. We are also troubled at the apparent disparate treatment yesterday’s aggressors received versus the force used against peaceful protestors at various events related to our nation’s racial inequities.

The Foundation calls for accountability on those who caused such disruption and violence – not doing so would wrongfully perpetuate inequities and prevent our nation from starting to heal. The Foundation knows we can and must be better and hopes that we can learn from this unfortunate, tragic moment of division and brutality to move towards peace and justice.

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