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Law enforcement officials in Washington, DC, stepped up security ahead of an extreme right-wing rally scheduled for Saturday near the United States Capitol.
Protesters were planning to protest the arrests and ongoing prosecution of rioters who took part in the January 6 uprising, which resulted in several deaths.
Authorities took steps to ensure that there was no repeat of what happened then, when huge crowds of protesters overwhelmed law enforcement and violated the perimeter of the Capitol, entering the building where lawmakers and staff have gathered behind locked doors.
U.S. Capitol Police put up fences around the building this week and prepared a detailed security plan, which they shared with lawmakers.
“They seem very, very well prepared, much better prepared than before January 6,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y.
It was unclear how big Saturday’s protest would be or if it would approach the size of the January 6 crowd.
Look Ahead America, the group that hosts Saturday’s event, estimates that around 700 people will attend, according to the Washington Post.