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The U.S. Capitol Police Board approved the agency's request to bring back temporary fencing around the Capitol building ahead of a planned right-wing rally slated for Sept. 18, officials said.
Fencing was installed around the Capitol for months following the violent Jan. 6 riot, when a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump and other participants breached the building's doors as Congress was certifying the 2020 election for President Joe Biden. Portions of the fence were removed in March, but the full blockade was fully removed in early July.
Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said the fence will be erected a "day or two" before the rally and come down "soon" after the event if "everything goes well."
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger says he’s briefed congressional leadership ahead of right-wing “Justice for J6” rally planned for September 18th at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/DaKN4ok9z6
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Manger provided a briefing to four congressional leaders on Monday, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, about security measures for the Sept. 18 rally.
"Just briefing them about the demonstration that's scheduled for September 18, the intelligence information that we're aware of, and a little bit about our operational plan," Manger told reporters.
The demonstration for Sept. 18 is organized by a group called Look Ahead America and led by former Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard. The rally will begin at Union Square and aims to support jailed Jan. 6 rioters. As many as 300 to 500 people are expected to attend the event, according to multiple outlets.
The group previously held a separate rally in July outside the D.C. Jail, where approximately 100 people congregated to support those who were jailed on Jan. 6.
Look Ahead America's webpage explicitly requests that attendees of the upcoming rally "not wear or bring political" clothing or accessories, including clothing or banners "supportive of President Trump or President Biden."
Instead, the group is asking attendees to wear red, white, and blue and bring American flags to show support for the prisoners.
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Original Author: Kaelan Deese