WASHINGTON A far-right rally in support of those who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 collapsed amid fears law enforcement would track down extremists who showed up there.
Members of the media and law enforcement outnumber the far-right insurgent supporters who showed up near the Capitol on Saturday to protest the hundreds of arrests that were made in connection with the riot in January 6 related to the death of five people and the injury of more than 140 law enforcement officers.
The organizer of the “Justice for J6” rally, former Donald Trump campaign agent Matt Braynard, had previously said he expected up to 700 people to show up at the rally. Instead, it turned out that less than 100 people showed up to protest the arrests of the Capitol attackers. The rally ended around 2 p.m. local time.
Among those who did show up was a man who sang a song about Ashli Babbitt, one of those who died on January 6 after being shot and killed by a law enforcement officer as she tried to go through a broken window to reach legislators who are being guided. safe inside the Capitol.
Another man, a 70-year-old retiree named Gary who declined to give his last name, told HuffPost he was not surprised to see such low attendance.
“There are more police forces here than there are demonstrators,” he said. “It’s absurd.”
Right-wing researchers like Jared Holt had said online discussions between extremists suggested few people would show up for fear of a law enforcement trap. Far-right figures including Gab’s CEO Andrew Torba and QAnon conspiratorial leader Ron Watkins urged their supporters not to attend for fear, as Torba put it, of becoming “a prisoner.” state policy ”.
Members of the violent Proud Boys gang also chose not to show up, with one member suggesting the rally “looked like bait,” Holt noted in his Substack newsletter.
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