BREAKING: Lawmakers Introduce Bill To IMPRISON Protesters… Here’s What We Know

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A Republican state senator from Washington plans to propose a bill that would make it a felony to participate in protests that cause what he labels “economic terrorism.”

Washington State Sen. Doug Ericksen, who served as the deputy director for the Donald Trump campaign in The Evergreen State, says the bill would allow felony prosecution of people involved in protests that block transportation and commerce, damage property, threaten jobs and put public safety at risk.

Ericksen said that he supports citizens’ right to protest, but this bill is targeting those who “take it to the next level.”

“I respect the right to protest, but when it endangers people’s lives and property, it goes too far,” Ericksen said in a news release. “Fear, intimidation and vandalism are not a legitimate form of political expression. Those who employ it must be called to account.”

“You do not have a right to do harm to people or personal property,” Ericksen said. “This is intended to protect the citizens of my state and people around the country from those that get out of control or from the organizers of these protests that get out of control.”

Ericksen said the penalties would also apply “to those who fund, organize, sponsor or otherwise encourage others to commit acts of economic terrorism. Accomplices may be required to pay restitution up to triple the amount of economic damage.”

“We are not just going after the people who commit these acts of terrorism,” Ericksen said. “We are going after the people who fund them. Wealthy donors [George Soros] should not feel safe in disrupting middle class jobs.”

He said the response to the bill has been “amazing,” although some people have misunderstood it as an assault on the right to protest.

“You cannot do harm to other citizens in your protest. You can protest, wave the signs, do what you want, but once you cross that line and harm other people, that’s where this type of legislation would come into play.”

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