US lawmaker compares House sit-in to Rajya Sabha uproar

Congressman Mark Meadows said that ''other countries'' may behave this way but the ''US should not follow suit.''

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: June 26, 2016 3:30 pm
US gun controls, Democratic party, US Congress, US house of representatives, US congress sit in, US lawmakers, AIADMK, rajya sabha, world news Democrat members of Congress Rep. John Lewis (center), and Rep. Joe Courtney (left) amongst others participate in sit-down protest seeking a a vote on gun control measures, June 22, on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

A US lawmaker has compared an unprecedented sit-in inside the House of Representatives by Democratic lawmakers to the protest by AIADMK members in the Rajya Sabha in March, saying “other governments may behave this way” but US should not follow suit.

Congressman Mark Meadows posted two photos – one of the Democratic party sit-in and the other of AIADMK protest by lawmakers inside the Rajya Sabha in March – saying they look “disturbingly similar”.

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“Other governments may behave this way, but it is crucial that we set an example for democracy and not follow suit,” Meadows, who is a two-term Congressman from North Carolina, said in a tweet accompanying the photographs.

Under the leadership of legendary John Lewis, Democratic lawmakers resorted to an unprecedented sit-in inside the well of the House of Representatives demanding vote on a strong gun control laws earlier this month after the Orlando massacre in which 49 people were killed by Afghan-origin gunman Omar Mateen.

The Speaker of the US House of Representatives described this as a publicity stunt. The Democrats ended the sit-in after 24 hours.

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