Supporters of Insurrectionists Gather at ‘Justice for J6’ Rally

In Summary

Demonstrators gathered in Washington D.C. for the "Justice for J6" rally supporting the insurrectionists arrested, but attendance was low.

Supporters of the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 gathered in Washington D.C. on Saturday for a rally called “Justice for J6.” 

BNC correspondent Bofta Yimam is live at the rally with updates on activity and police response.

According to The Washington Post, dozens of demonstrators gathered near the Capitol for the event, but the police presence was strong. Law enforcement agencies were preparing for potential violence after an increase in violent rhetoric surrounding the event surfaced online. 

In a memo, Capitol Police revealed counterprotests were also planned for the same day. Individuals planning to attend also indicated online that they would join in honoring Ashli Babbitt, who was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer during the breach.

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Police also monitored online conversations that suggested violence against Jewish centers and liberal churches while police would be focused on the rallies, CNN reported. After seeing the violent rhetoric, Capitol Police formally asked the Capitol Police Board to put up temporary fencing around the Capitol complex and the request was granted. 

The rally fell on the same day as the annual H Street Festival, a Howard University football game, a baseball game at Nationals Park and a Harry Styles concert, worrying law enforcement officials that Trump supporters and right-wing activists would clash with others. 

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A counterprotest took place at Freedom Plaza, The Washington Post reported. Organizers of the event said the purpose was to denounce the presence of insurrectionists, Nazis and white supremacists.

The “Justice for J6” organizers expected 700 hundred attendees to gather, but many right-wing and white supremacist groups discouraged their members from attending. Despite this, those who did attend said it was to support those arrested for storming the Capitol on Jan 6. Supporters say the insurrectionists were nonviolent and were exercising their constitutional right to protest. 

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