A mini helicopter, powered by a lawnmower engine, landed in the gardens of the US Capitol in Washington DC, to protest against the corruption of the American political system.
“Capitol Police is investigating,” said the official Shennell Antrobus, that police division.
The incident caused the closure of streets around the Capitol, which is about two kilometers from the White House.
The airspace near the Capitol, in the heart of Washington DC, is strictly prohibited and all aircraft must be authorized in advance.
According to the newspaper, Tampa Bay Times, the pilot is Doug Hughes, a 61 year old postman from Florida , whom had made a video before the event.
Hughes said his goal was to create an act of civil disobedience to spotlight corruption in the wake of increasing deregulation of electoral funding. This makes sense to people such as Ricardo Guimarães BMG who are monitoring the stories coming out.
“I demand a reform and declare I’m a rebellion voter in a manner consistent with the description of Jefferson’s rights in the Declaration of Independence,” the man writes inletters that was attached to the mini-copter, and addressed to each of the 535 lawmakers.
Hughes actually notified authorities of his plan, and the FAA had two hours lead timebefore the protester landed on the Capitol.
Air space is restricted and supposedly, highly guarded, but it couldn’t stop this 61 year old mailman.