Justice For J6 Rally: Capitol Police Erect Fencing In Anticipation Of Protests

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Damir Mujezinovic

Scheduled to take place on Saturday, the Justice for J6 rally seems to have United States Capitol police concerned.

It remains unclear how many people will attend the demonstration, but those who do will be there to speak out in support of dozens of supporters of former President Donald Trump who are being prosecuted for storming the Capitol building on January 6 this year.

The protesters stormed the building and clashed with security forces in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and stop Democrat Joe Biden from being inaugurated.

According to Justice for J6 rally organizers, however, the rioters are being unjustly prosecuted.

Justice For J6 Rally

Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign strategist, is organizing the rally, according to US News.

"I am so proud of all of the brave patriots who participated in these rallies under the same threat to their rights of so many who are being held in prison now for a non-violent expression of their First Amendment rights," Braynard said last month.

Members of far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, and other Trump loyalists who participated in the January 6 attacks are reportedly expected to attend the event.

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Experts Sound Alarms

Initially, Trump supporters and far-right activists bizarrely, and without evidence, claimed that it was left-wing activists who stormed and vandalized the Capitol building.

Now, they claim that those who are being prosecuted for participating in the riots are actually "political prisoners" and need help.

Experts, like co-founder of the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism Heidi Beirich, are sounding the alarm.

"Some people are calling it Jan. 6 trutherism -- they’re rewriting the narrative to make it seem like Jan. 6 was no big deal, and it was a damn big deal, and an attack on our democracy," Beirich said.

Capitol Police

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Capitol police seem to be bracing for the worst. On Monday, security fencing was approved for areas around the Capitol, demonstrating that there are concerns about the protest getting out of hand.

In a statement, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger said that violence will not be tolerated, according to Fox News.

"We are here to protect everyone’s First Amendment right to peacefully protest. I urge anyone who is thinking about causing trouble to stay home. We will enforce the law and not tolerate violence."

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, meanwhile, said that Capitol police seem "very, very well prepared."

Violent Extremism

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Politicians and media figures on both sides of the aisle have warned of the dangers posed by violent domestic extremism.

Notably, former President George W. Bush said in speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks that foreign and domestic extremists are "children of the same foul spirit."

In response, Trump slammed Bush and told him to stop "lecturing" Americans on what needs to be done when 9/11 happened on his watch.

"He shouldn't be lecturing anybody!" Trump said in a statement.