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Photos: Who were the protesters who showed up to the Justice for J6 rally in DC

Added 09-19-21 01:14:03am EST - “There were far more police officers ?"? and journalists ?" than the 150 to 200 protesters who attended the Justice for J6 rally on Saturday.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Photos: Who were the protesters who showed up to the Justice for J6 rally in DC”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Justice for J6 rally began at noon on Saturday in front of the US Capitol. There were far more police officers, journalists, and counter-protesters than the 150 to 200 protesters who attended.

A few minutes before the scheduled start, the strains of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli's signature "Con te partirò" suddenly started blasting over the Mall at high volume.

Robert Jimenez, an audio engineer and owner of "All About Shows" based in Silver Spring, Maryland, confessed that he always does his soundchecks with opera. He said that he received the gig from Matt Braynard, a former Trump administration staffer, and the "Look Forward America" group three weeks before, with a 50% deposit of the $7500 fee for the sound system, stage, and video screen.

"I have to submit my ID and business license to the police for any event we do here, so I need at least five days' notice," he said. "Today, I have five staff including myself and three volunteers. We had to bring generators for power."

US Capitol police made a show of force with new riot armor and shields. The city was clearly determined to avoid the stunning, violent scene that unfolded on Jan. 6, when thousands of protesters forced their way into the Capitol. 643 alleged rioters would later face criminal charges.

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