Demos for Trump at the US Capitol: protective fence rebuilt

The storm on the Capitol on January 6th remains the topic: They are preparing for a planned rally in support of the accused.

A good eight months after the storming of the Capitol in Washington, supporters of the then US President Donald Trump want to march there again. A demonstration in support of defendants is planned for this Saturday in front of the congress headquarters in the US capital. The demonstration was organized by a former employee of Trump’s campaign team.

A few days before the demonstration, Trump himself also expressed his solidarity with those who were “so unfairly persecuted” in connection with January 6th. A fence was temporarily rebuilt around the Capitol with a view to the rally to protect the congress headquarters. The fence was erected after the storm in January and only dismantled in July. The Capitol police were criticized at the time because the parliament’s security forces were unable to repel the attack.

National Guard on alert

The television station NBC reported, citing representatives of the US Department of Homeland Security, unlike in January, this time not thousands, but only several hundred people are expected at the demonstration. Nevertheless, the Capitol Police prepared for possible threats. The US Department of Defense put the National Guard on alert and deployed 100 National Guardsmen to help protect the Capitol.

Trump supporters had violently stormed the Congress headquarters on January 6th. Five people were killed, including a police officer. The unprecedented attack on the heart of US democracy caused a shock both nationally and internationally. Trump had to face impeachment proceedings for the attack because he had previously incited his supporters at a rally. At the end of the trial, however, the Republican was acquitted. The background to the attack is being further investigated in Congress.

(APA/dpa)

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