Cops and protestors gather at US Capitol for 'Justice for J6' rally

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Police mobilized outside the US Capitol to greet a group of right-wing protesters who insist their noon demonstration won't descend into violence.
A massive police response mobilized outside a fenced-off US Capitol Saturday morning to greet a group of right-wing protesters who insist their noon demonstration won't descend into violence.

Advocates at the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, DC, plan to denounce what they call the "inhumane treatment" of dozens of Jan. 6 rioters who remain jailed while awaiting trials that are still months away.

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Two hours ahead of the rally, a fleet of District of Columbia-owned dump trucks lined up to block the city's streets off from roaming demonstrators, and an olive-green Humvee from neighboring Prince George's County, Maryland, was stationed outside the Capitol's Botanic Garden Conservatory.

Counter-protesters arrived early, bearing giant flags in support of Black Lives Matter and trans rights and a banner mimicking Trump's signature campaign branding that read "Loser." A hand-lettered sign identified the bearer as "proud Antifa scum."

Matt Braynard, the organizer behind the rally and a former Trump campaign staffer, talks to the media near the U.S. Capitol in Washington. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

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