WASHINGTON – The nation’s capital is stepping up security ahead of Saturday’s rally, which is being held to demand justice for the hundreds of people who have been charged in connection with the January uprising.
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Protective fences surrounding the U.S. Capitol for several months after rioters stormed the complex went back earlier this week.
US Capitol Police will have additional personnel and other law enforcement deployed throughout Capitol grounds. Members of Congress and staff are being asked to avoid the complex this weekend, and increased security is being made available to lawmakers traveling.
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Authorities are also continuing to track down intelligence indicating that extreme right-wing extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Ed Keepers may be planning to attend the rally.
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Roadblocks will be in place in the city center on Saturday from 5:00 to midnight.
On January 6, 2021, a mob pushed past overwhelmed police officers and broke through windows and doors before searching the Capitol as Congress voted to confirm Joe Biden’s election victory.
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‘Look Ahead America’ is the group that organizes the convention. Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. The rally is planned from kl. 12 to 13.30. On its website, the group advises participants to ‘not carry or carry the equipment of a politician, candidate or other organization’ and to ‘be respectful of our security team and law enforcement.’ Several other rallies have been planned by the group in the coming weeks in different parts of the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this article