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Washington Police are stepping up security ahead of a planned rally in support of pro-Trump rioters on Saturday.

Security agencies expect hundreds of right-wing protesters to descend on the region to support the more than 600 people arrested in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6.

Police don’t want the Capitol riot to repeat

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger told a press briefing on Friday that police have been working for the past eight months to ensure there is no repeat scenes of January 6 violence.

Manger said there were threats of violence ahead of the planned protest.

“We have put in place a solid plan to ensure that this remains peaceful,” he said, adding “we are not going to tolerate violence and we are not going to tolerate any criminal behavior of any kind” .

Manger said the officers had adequate resources and training and their mission was to “guarantee the right of everyone to freedom of expression” and to allow a legal protest.

The fence that surrounded the United States Capitol was rebuilt and 100 National Guard soldiers were placed on standby. They will be there to help police maintain security, if necessary, and will be armed with batons.

What is “Justice for J6”?

The protest is organized by Matt Braynard who had been a Trump campaign

strategist of former President Donald Trump. He promotes Justice for J6 for the allies of the former US leader.

Their action on Saturday is in support of those still behind bars for their role in the January 6 riot.

That day, thousands of Trump supporters raged on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to disrupt President Joe Biden’s confirmation of victory.

Lawmakers were forced into hiding when protesters breached security.

In the chaos, five people were killed and many more were injured. A number of those arrested have been identified as belonging to extremist groups.

kb / rs (AP, Reuters)

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