Jan. 5 (UPI) — Supporters of President Donald Trump gathered in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to protest the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election as Congress meets to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Lots of of individuals had gathered in Freedom Plaza as of three p.m. Tuesday with some carrying flak jackets, walkie-talkies and different military-style gear as police and the Secret Service monitored the realm, The Washington Publish reported.
Companies within the metropolis have been seen boarding up their home windows and the Nationwide Guard started aiding D.C. Police in anticipation of 1000’s of individuals rallying in assist of Trump as Congress ready to award Biden an electoral faculty victory in a joint session Wednesday.
Trump, his supporters and dozens of Republicans within the Home and Senate are difficult Biden’s victory, citing baseless claims of widespread fraud and other forms of election irregularities.
Street closures and parking restrictions went into impact early within the day, metropolis officers stated, whereas police vehicles and metropolis plows have been seen blocking streets close to a distinguished Black church.
Demonstrations started with a number of hundred Trump supporters marching from the Nationwide Mall to the U.S. Capitol at about 1 p.m. EST, WRC-TV reported.
In a late-afternoon rally, audio system together with Republican political operative Roger Stone and conservative radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have been on the invoice.
The demonstrations are set to proceed Wednesday as Congress meets.
D.C. police on Monday issued warnings to protesters to not carry weapons to town and stated they’ll focus on defending homes of worship which categorical assist for Black Lives Matter protesters.
Metropolitan AME Church in Washington Monday filed go well with towards the far-right group Proud Boys, one of many teams main the pro-Trump protests, accusing them of taking down and burning a Black Lives Matter banner.
Additionally Monday, police arrested Proud Boys chief Enrique Tarrio on prices of burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from Asbury United Methodist Church throughout pro-Trump protests final month.