Mahatma Ghandi is Jake Angeli’s hero, role model: Albert Watkins

Mahatma Gandhi was the Indian lawyer known for employing nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India’s independence from British rule. He is a great influence to Jacob Anthony Angeli Chansely, 32, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Also known as Jake Angeli or the Qanon Shaman, Chansely was one of the Donald Trump supporters who breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA on January 6, 2021. He was charged with civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol building.

When Chansely was arrested, he was taken into custody initially in Phoenix. On January 25, 2021, the U.S. Marshals Service transferred him to Washington, D.C. where he requested for organic food. Based on his shamanic belief system and way of life, he would become seriously ill if he ate non-organic food, his lawyer Albert Watkins explained in a recent emergency motion recently filed in federal court.


As of the morning of February 2, 2021, District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DC DOC) general counsel Eric S. Glover informed Watkins that Chansely’s request for organic food was denied due to his failure to identify a faith or belief upon entering the custody of DC DOC and the inability of its religious services staff “to find any religious merit pertaining to organic food or diet for Shamanism Practitioner.” Because of this, Chansely has not eaten for a week.

Chansely is a long standing follower of the faith of Shamanism, which is a faith recognized by the U.S. government, Atkins wrote in the motion. The lawyer added that his client’s “hero and role model is Mahatma Gandhi, well known for employment of peaceful, non-violent means to achieve societal (often political) goals.”

While Chansely refusal to eat is for personal reasons, Gandhi used fasting as a political device and the British press lauded his hunger strike. The Indian hero’s final fast happened in 1948 after the end of British rule in India.

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