US intelligence has published a report warning of the dangers during the support march planned for Saturday for those who attacked the Capitol in January this year. These include threats of attacks on politicians, churches and institutions. Capitol Police appealed to services for support and urged congressmen to stay away from parliament buildings on Saturday. Washington National Guard troops are expected to arrive around the Congress headquarters.
US intelligence warns in a report to the Ministry of National Security that “there have been threats of an attack on the Capitol” ahead of Saturday’s far-right support march for people who On January 6, they attacked the Capitol. Other threats relate to attacks on politicians.
There were also plans to attack liberal churches, Jewish institutions, and even a proposal to kidnap one of the congressmen in social media. The intelligence report does not reveal his name.
Armed people, members of far-right groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, may take part in the demonstration, it was underlined.
A hundred guards around the Capitol
The Capitol Police (USCP) also announced on Friday that there had been threats related to the march. She did not provide details, but asked for the support of other security services. Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin approved the decision to deploy 100 Washington National Guard members around the Capitol building.
Counter-marches may be organized in Washington, and there may be clashes between participants in different demonstrations.
Police called on congressmen to stay away from parliament buildings on Saturday.
“Alternative History” of the storming of the Capitol
CNN said on Thursday that while Saturday’s march is expected to attract fewer people than the January 6 attack on Congress, its participants may be armed.
The demonstration in Washington is being organized by Matt Braynard, former member of Donald Trump’s election staff. The march was called “Justice for J6” (Justice for January 6). The Associated Press reports that Braynard, who joined the Trump group’s Look Ahead America after the 2020 election, is trying to present an “alternative story” for the assault on the Capitol and calls its participants who were arrested “political prisoners.”
Braynard propagates false information about the result of last year’s presidential election, and is also raising funds for Trump’s campaign. Participation in this venture allowed him to earn at least $ 230,000 – writes AP.
Trump did not officially endorse Saturday’s march, but issued a message saying that those who took part in the January attack on Congress “are very unjustly persecuted.”
Soon after the attack on the Capitol, the vast majority of Americans – 90 percent. – assessed that participants in these events should be held accountable. In late August, an investigation began by a special House of Representatives committee of inquiry to investigate the January 6 attack.
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