US Capitol braced for rally supporting January 6 rioters.
A black fence that surrounded the complex for six months after the deadly insurrection has been put back up for the weekend along with surveillance cameras, although police don’t have indications of a specific plot associated with Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rally.
Homeland Security officials nevertheless warned about the potential for violence, according to an intelligence briefing obtained by US media, with a counter-rally scheduled to take place nearby.
“We are aware of a small number of recent online threats of violence referencing the planned rally, including online discussions encouraging violence the day before the rally,” the brief from the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis says, according to CNN.
Government officials are expecting around 700 protesters. Capitol Police were due to give details of their preparations for the demonstration at 1:00pm (1700 GMT) news conference.