Trump’s Tiananmen Square? Protesters Vow to Lie Down in Front of Tanks at Military Parade

“We are not an empire drifting towards extinction,” protest organizer Arn Menconi says

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Dozens of protesters are planning to disrupt President Donald Trump’s planned military parade in Washington, D.C., vowing to lie in front of tanks to keep them from moving.

“We now have nearly 50 Americans who have signed on to lay in front of the tanks of Trump brings out a military parade,” activist Arn Menconi wrote on Wednesday in a gesture he said was inspired by the Chinese pro-democracy protesters who made history during the 1989 demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

“We are not an empire drifting towards extinction,” added Menconi, a Colorado-based activist who founded a charity to provide activities for at-risk youth.

“We would go to Washington, D.C., if such a crazy and insane act occurred and we would lay down in front of the tanks, just like the heroes and the courageous students did in China in 1989,” said Menconi in a Facebook video.

“They need to hear our voices. This isn’t clickbait for the media. This isn’t something that the big shots do. This is something that you and I can do.”

Menconi, who also made something of a name for himself as a the Green Party candidate in the 2016 Colorado Senate race, said he was prepared to be thrown in jail for his civil disobedience.

“In the next couple of days our voices need to be heard,” he said. “This isn’t a misdemeanor. This would be a felony charge under Donald Trump. This would mean being thrown in jail, just like the students in China. ”

Planning for the parade is said to be in early stages, but MSNBC reported Wednesday that a preliminary date under consideration would be Veterans Day, 2018