U.S. – Pro-Trump protests at The Capitol
A few hundred protesters gathered around the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, for a rally in support of the pro-Trump rioters who ransacked the building on 6 January. But the group were easily outnumbered by the police and journalists present.
Organizers called the rally “Justice for J6,” referencing the date in which supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of the 2020 election results.
U.S. Capitol Police made a few arrests in an otherwise nonviolent demonstration, according to the department’s social media. Arrests included weapons violation, possession of a firearm and probation violation, according to police.
More than 600 people are facing charges related to the Jan. 6 riot investigation, with at least 60 people having pleaded guilty. Most are facing low-level misdemeanour charges, but others are facing more serious allegations, including charges related to the death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick.