Smaller than expected

AP reports that a few hundred protestors were met on Saturday by a large law enforcement presence outside the fenced off U.S. Capitol.
According to U.S. Capitol Police, the latest figures are that approximately 400-450 people were in the protest area. This excludes law enforcement.

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Capitol Police officers arrested a man holding a knife for violating weapons laws at 12:40 p.m., according to the agency in a tweet.

Driving the news: According to AP, media and police officers from D.C.'s Capitol Police greatly outnumbered demonstrators.

Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign staffer, opened the rally and asked for applause from police officers.

State of play: Security arrangements were stepped up in advance of the pro-Trump demonstration. Hundreds of protestors were expected to support those arrested for storming Capitol on Jan. 6.

Multiple congressional offices were closed in preparation for the rally, and security fencing was reinstalled around Capitol.

Lloyd Austin, Defense Secretary, approved a request by Capitol Police for 100 D.C. National Guard soldiers in case law enforcement needs additional support.

700 people were allowed to participate in the rally, though police were concerned about some protestors bringing weapons.

Get deeper: Senate offices close ahead of the "Justice for J6” demonstration

Editor's Note: This is still a developing story. Keep checking back for more updates.

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