September 18 (WNN) — Protesters are expected to gather around the US Capitol on Saturday in support of those arrested for the January 6 Capitol attack.
The Look Ahead America group, which is planning a “Justice for J6” rally, said it would be a peaceful protest in Union Square, a public park near the Capitol reflecting pool, starting at noon.
Organizers have argued that many of those arrested since the January 6 riots at the Capitol were nonviolent “political prisoners” following false claims of former President Donald Trump’s stolen election, although a federal judge last month ruled this out. logic was condemned.
According to The Washington Post, several far-right figures and groups have discouraged people from participating in the J6 rally. Users of far-right Internet forums said the rally was a “trap” to arrest people.
In an interview Thursday with Federalist, Trump echoed this concern.
“On Saturdays, it’s a setup,” he said. “If people don’t come, they’ll say, ‘Oh, that’s lack of spirit.’ And if people come, they will be harassed.”
There were also plans to hold a protest at Freedom Plaza, about a mile away, from noon to 4 pm.
US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger told ABC News he was concerned about violent clashes between protesters and protestors.
ABC News reported that the US Capitol Police took an oath on Saturday morning to give jurisdiction over areas around the Capitol to local, state and federal law enforcement partners.
Officials erected security fencing again two months after the barrier, which had originally been raised after the Capitol riots, was removed in preparation for Saturday’s rally.
“We are here to defend everyone’s First Amendment right to peaceful protest,” Manger said in a statement earlier this week. “I urge anyone who is thinking of creating trouble to stay at home. We will enforce the law and will not tolerate violence.”