Just last Friday, a crowd of protesters blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a school, and then followed and harassed her.
One person holding a “Black Lives Matter” sign (even though the pro-school choice policies DeVos supports help blacks and other minority groups the most) yelled “shame!” as he chased her back to her vehicle, which he then tried to block.
It was yet another chapter in the Democrats long history of blocking the entrances to schools.
— ABC 7 News – WJLA (@ABC7News) February 10, 2017
The shame is on the protester, who’s now facing assault charges. According to the Washington Examiner:
Bilal Ahmed Askaryar was the man charged with assault, according to Politico, in the effort to block Betsy DeVos from entering a public school. This is confusing, because I thought they wanted an education secretary who had “first-hand knowledge of public schools.”It’s not clear yet exactly whom Askaryar is charged with assaulting, and Askaryar has pleaded not guilty.
Askaryar is a long-time human rights activist. He wrote a piece last month for NPR in which he tells the gripping story of fleeing Afghanistan with his family. Eventually they were granted asylum in the U.S. Askaryar writes that he and his family became citizens in 2000.
He told the story as well at the Washington Blade, the gay D.C., publication. In these stories, Askaryar recounts his family’s opposition to Soviet imperialism and to the Taliban.
After fleeing al-Qaeda’s rule, a 5’7, 59-year-old woman was the only target Askaryar could manage to summon up the courage to openly defy.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]