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WASHINGTON – Travelers arriving at the nearest airport in Washington, DC will face increased security as a rally scheduled for Saturday approaches for those accused of participating in the deadly riot on 6 January, the US Transportation Security Administration said.

“Travelers will notice an increase in law enforcement and canine presence as well as a generally higher level of awareness of TSA’s intelligence-based approach and transportation security risks,” said a TSA spokesperson told Reuters, referring to Reagan National Airport in Virginia just across the Potomac. River.

Hundreds of far-right protesters are expected in the District of Columbia for the “Justice For J6” rally, a reference to the January 6 storming of the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump in an attempt to prevent certification of the election of President Joe Biden. victory.

The Homeland Security Department on Thursday warned of the potential for violence at the rally scheduled for Saturday, according to a memo shared with state and local authorities and obtained by CNN.

A US official who read the warning told Reuters that homeland security officials lacked “specific credible information” about an individual or group’s plans for violence.

The official said the warning appeared to be based on social media posts rather than intelligence gathered from sources within organizations involved in organizing the September 18 events.

Trump has maintained his false claims that his defeat was due to widespread electoral fraud, even after his claim was rejected by several courts, state election officials and members of his own administration.

The pro-Trump group that organized the September 18 rally, Look Ahead America, alleged that more than 600 people facing criminal charges in the January 6 riots were mistreated and singled out because of their Political Views.

In response, police stepped up security around the Capitol, aware of the January 6 rioters who attacked police, smashed windows in the building and sent lawmakers and then Vice President Mike Pence to run for Security.

Four people died on January 6, one shot dead by police and three from medical emergencies. A Capitol police officer who had been attacked by protesters died the next day.

Four police officers who took part in the defense of the Capitol later died by suicide.

Workers were pulling up a fence that had been erected around the white-domed US Capitol after that day, but which had been dismantled in July.

The fence separated the lawns of the United States Capitol grounds from other government landmarks, including the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Congressional office buildings, and the Capitol Reflecting Pool just west of Capitol Hill, where the protesters were to gather on Saturday.

There were few other signs of heightened security, although plexiglass police shields can be seen stacked at police checkpoints inside the doors of the Capitol building.

Police at the United States Capitol on Wednesday said the Pentagon had been asked to provide National Guard troops if needed.

Trump referred to the upcoming protest in a statement Thursday, saying, “Our hearts and minds are with those so unjustly persecuted in connection with the January 6 protest over the rigged presidential election.”

Police and congressional leaders said they were ready for Saturday’s protest. Most members of Congress will be out of town.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, attending a forum in Britain on Thursday, said: “They have their plans. Everyone will be better prepared for them.”


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