Police in Washington are taking all precautions before supporters of Donald Trump demonstrate at the US Capitol on Saturday.
Trump supporters announced that they would show their support for those who were imprisoned and prosecuted after the congressional storm on January 6. At that time, a large Trump rally ended with the storming of Congress and the evacuation of politicians.
Five storm-related deaths, including a woman shot by a police officer who explained he had to protect elected representatives from the mob.
Several police officers and others struggled in the aftermath of the attack.
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Despite the fact that it is difficult to determine the size of the large crowd on Saturday, the police in the US capital are taking all precautions.
It’s hard to describe the severity of the violence, says Congressional Police Chief Tom Manger, but the revelations were online conversations reminiscent of what was seen later before the congressional storm in January.
Therefore, both the Congressional Police and Washington Police are on high alert. And they will certainly avoid the mistakes they were criticized for when they last stormed Congress.
Manger said that the biggest danger this time is the clashes between the Trump protesters and the anti-demonstrators.
We will not tolerate violence or criminal behavior in any way. The American people and Congress expect that we will protect the building. I am confident that our plan will live up to that, says Manger.
Large fences were erected again around the conference building. Riot police stormed Friday’s rally and drove hundreds of protesters out in trucks.
Matt Brainard, a former Trump campaign strategist, is the rally organizer. He says they will show their support for about 60 prisoners after the uprising. More than 600 charges have been brought.
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Some Republicans have recently referred to these as political prisoners, and Saturday’s demonstration is seen as a fresh attempt to rewrite the story of what happened in January’s violent storm, according to the Associated Press.
Congressman Adam Kinzinger, one of the Republicans on the Uprising Inquiry Committee, said he supported the steps taken by the police ahead of the demonstration.
“I hope it is precisely the police’s overreaction that can prevent this from getting out of hand,” says Kinzinger.
He acknowledges that more Republican voters will criticize the police’s handling if it turns out to be a peaceful demonstration, but says what happened in January appears necessary.
Police intelligence indicates that extremist groups will try to influence the demonstration, but leaders in groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers said they would not come and told others to stay away.
However, for example, the National Guard is on standby. They will move and defend the Capitol if the situation deteriorates, but they will not use firearms.
An intelligence report indicates that there are discussions on social media about whether Congress will ever be stormed again, and that plans are being made to kidnap an unnamed politician.
No elected representatives are expected to be on Capitol Hill when the rally takes place on Saturday.
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