Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol

Source: The Hill | September 18, 2021 | Mike Lillis

Several hundred pro-Trump demonstrators gathered outside the Capitol on Saturday to protest the treatment of those charged in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection — a crowd that seemed to be dwarfed by the outsize presence of the news media and police forces on hand to monitor the event.

Fearing another violent riot like that of Jan. 6, U.S. Capitol Police had joined forces with other local and federal law enforcement agencies, creating a massive security apparatus that featured road closures, layers of fencing, hundreds of officers, a National Guard corps on standby, a cavalry lying in wait and helicopters buzzing overhead.

Neither the large security presence nor the small turnout dampened the mood of either the organizers or the members of the pro-Trump crowd, however, who noted that all of the attention will only bring more eyes to their cause.


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    The promoters were claiming there would be thousands in attendance. I suspect some who were going to attend had participated in the January 6 coup attempt and feared they would be arrested if they showed up. Plus I don’t know if there were any organized caravans as there were for the previous coup attempt. Many of these people don’t have the money to pay for their own travel.

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