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Capitol Police prepare for weekend rally


Security officers in front of the U.S. Capitol on Friday Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Capitol Police prepare for weekend rally

Roughly 700 demonstrators are expected to flock to Washington on Saturday for the “Justice for J6” event. Attendees will meet at Union Square just west of the U.S. Capitol to protest criminal charges against people involved in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Police reinstalled perimeter fencing around the Capitol and asked the National Guard to stand by. The Capitol Police board also issued an emergency declaration that allows them to deputize other law enforcement officers for the day. Rally organizers say the gathering is a peaceful protest. Congress will not be in session due to a planned recess for Yom Kippur.

What is the rally about? The organization Look Ahead America maintains a database of more than 700 protesters arrested or detained in connection to the events of Jan. 6. Executive Director Matt Braynard said the group intends to educate legislators on more than 600 “political prisoners” charged with federal crimes and demand their release. Look Ahead’s website instructs demonstrators to respect law enforcement and not wear political paraphernalia.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD’s ongoing coverage of the effects of the Jan. 6 riot.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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DAL

So happy to see so very few show up to support the people who through violence (that led to the deaths of others) tried to over-turn a fair and legal election. And even if it wasn't (it was), violence wasn't the answer. That's why we have courts and laws. As Senator McConnell noted: “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people." True. They were a mob, a violent mob, and they acted upon the lies they were told, but that is no excuse for their behavior. They deserve to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

OldMike

What I’m really hoping is absolutely none of the right-wing protestors show up. That the only people that make it are the lefty Antifa/BLM/assorted other anti-Americans, and that they go nuts and act just like they did in Minneapolis, etc.