Groups schedule rapid-response protests in Belfast, Rockland over Mueller investigation
Midcoast Maine Indivisible, a resistance group of citizens who use “the Indivisible Guide to resist the Trump agenda,” said Nov. 8 that it has scheduled a National Rapid Response rally to protect the Mueller investigation.
In Belfast, activists are likewise scheduling a protest at 5 p.m. at the corner of High and Main streets in downtown Belfast.
In Rockland, the rally, to be held at 5 p.m., this evening, Nov. 8, will take place at the Knox County Courthouse on Union Street in Rockland.
The protests come in response to President Trump installing longtime ally Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, taking over oversight of the Mueller investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The activists will demand that Whitaker recuse himself given his conflicts of interest and previous statements attacking the investigation.
The protests come just one day after congressional Democrats won back control of the U.S. House on a promise to investigate the Trump administration and President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“This is the big one we have been preparing for,” wrote Midcoast Maine Indivisible, in its press release.
The rally is part of a network of like-minded spontaneous rallies occurring throughout the country. In Maine, rallies are also scheduled for Augusta, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Belfast, Brunswick, Eastport, Ellsworth, Farmington, Houlton, Kittery, Lewiston, Newcastle, Portland, Prospect Harbor, South Paris and Waterville.
Spearheading the rallies is a loose group of citizens acting under “Nobody is Above the Law” partnership, whose supporting organizations, which range from Common Cause to Sierra Club to MoveOn.or, are listed on a website hosted by the activist nonprofit MoveOn.org.
The organization notes on its website: “If you choose to attend an event, you agree to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values.”