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PHOTOS: Lightly Attended Rally For January 6 Rioters A ‘Huge Success,’ Organizer Says

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The “Justice for J6” rally organized to protest the arrests of those who participated in the Capitol riot drew small crowds and remained largely peaceful Saturday.

The number of press and police vastly outnumbered the protesters early on, though more rallygoers came as speakers took the stage. Protective fencing was put up around the Capitol in the days before the rally in response to concerns of violence, resembling the days after the Jan. 6 attack.

Surrounded by reporters, fencing and police, protesters and counter-protesters acted peacefully, with no reported injuries after the crowd dispersed. Four people were arrested, Capitol Police said(RELATED: Capitol Police Request National Guard Presence Ahead Of ‘Justice For J6’ Rally)

A pro-police demonstrator attended the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2021. He said he wanted to support the law enforcement officers who were injured by rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. (Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation)

Dozens of law enforcement officicials in full riot gear were deployed to the

Several of the officers were seen pulling the tags off of their new gear behind the bike racks separating them from the protesters. (Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation)

Several people attended the

Several people attended the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, D.C. in different costumes on September 18, 2021. ​(Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation)

Matt Braynard, the rally’s organizer, told reporters Saturday that the rally was meant to be a “message demanding equal justice,” and noting the large media presence. When asked by the Daily Caller News Foundation whether he thought the protest was a success despite the small crowd, he responded that it was a “huge success! You came!”

Braynard also urged protesters to remain peaceful and to support the police officers protecting them. Though no sitting lawmakers spoke Saturday, Joe Kent, a Republican primarying Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, took the stage, calling the riot defendants “political prisoners” and saying their arrests and detention was “banana republic stuff.” (RELATED: Capitol Police Chief Says Even People Defending Capitol Rioters Have Free Speech)

A woman attended the

A woman attended the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, D.C. holding a “Jan. 6 jailees should sue the swamp” on September 18, 2021. She told the DCNF that she considered writing “the pants off of Nancy Pelosi” in place of “swamp.” ​(Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation)

“Kentucky Phil” told several media outlets he thinks those who were jailed in connection with the Capitol Riot should have already gone to trial while attending the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2021. ​(Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation)

Law enforcement officials escorted a man who got into a shouting match with protesters at the

Law enforcement officials escorted a man who got into a shouting match with protesters at the “Justice for J6” rally in Washington, D.C. away from the demonstration on September 18, 2021. ​(Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation)

Dozens of law enforcement officicials in full riot gear were deployed to the

Several of the officers were seen pulling the tags off of their new gear behind the bike racks separating them from the protesters. ​(Kaylee Greenlee – Daily Caller News Foundation)

Several counter protesters were also present. One told the DCNF that he was there in an attempt to preserve democracy, calling on both liberals and conservatives to fix and cherish it together.

“I came down to extend the opportunity to everybody to create unity on the issue,” he said. “Everybody here is interested,” he added. “It takes a lot of work to plant a seed, but the real question is whether people think democracy is still an American value.”

Kaylee Greenlee contributed to this report. 

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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