|Police outnumbered protesters at the rally. (Photo by=EPA)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] A few hundred protesters gathered around the US Capitol on Saturday, for a rally in support of the pro-Trump rioters who ransacked the building on 6 January. However, the group was easily outnumbered by the police and journalists present.
Before the event, police said they had detected "threats of violence" and security was tightened in Washington. Organizers had a permit for 700 to attend, but only about 100 to 200 protesters turned up, Reuters reports. Capitol Police said 400 to 450 people were inside the protest area, but that figure included the heavy media presence. Washington police officials had been expressing concern about the "Justice for J6" event for weeks.
Its organizers, Look Ahead America, were led by Matt Braynard, the former director of data and strategy for Donald Trump's successful 2016 campaign. Speakers at the rally insisted that hundreds of rioters arrested for their actions on 6 January were "political prisoners" who had committed no violence. A fence was erected around the Capitol, and lawmakers were advised to avoid the area. Meanwhile, about 600 people have been charged in the federal investigation into the Capitol riot, where a pro-Trump mob tried to stop the US Congress from certifying the 2020 election result.