Fence Around the Capitol Returning Ahead of ‘Justice for J6’ Rally
In SummaryThe fence once erected outside the U.S. Capitol after the insurrection will return ahead of a rally planned for Saturday.
Capitol Police said the fence protecting the U.S. Capitol would be put up again ahead of a rally set for Saturday.
According to The Hill, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said, “The fence will go up a day or two before, and if everything goes well it will come down very soon after.”
Manger’s comments came after he briefed top political leaders on intelligence gathered about the “Justice for J6” rally planned for September 18 at the Capitol. The rally is believed to be held by demonstrators protesting the arrests of hundreds of people involved in the January 6 insurrection.
According to NPR, the fence originally went up after the attack on the U.S. Capitol in January and remained there until July. While it offered additional protection for political leaders who were barricaded inside, many expressed their displeasure with it.
After the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said officials seem ready for potential threats that may arise. “They seemed very, very well prepared – much better prepared than before Jan. 6,” he said. “I think they’re ready for whatever might happen.”
The briefing was held hours after a man was arrested near the Capitol in a truck with white supremacist symbols on it and weapons inside. Law enforcement agencies in Washington, D.C., have been preparing for potential violence and unrest as the date of the rally approaches.
Officials say they’ve seen an increase in violent rhetoric online, especially after the Capitol officer who shot and killed insurrectionist Ashli Babbitt revealed himself as a Black man.
A Capitol Police memo revealed the planning of the “Justice for J6” and “Justice for Ashli Babbitt” rallies. Counter-protests are also expected to be held on the same day.
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