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Online Chatter Surrounding Rally for Jan. 6th Suspects Turns Violent

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The FBI and Capitol Police are once again working hand in hand this week, as they begin to see an uptick in worrisome online chatter surrounding a demonstration set to take place in the capital next weekend.

The rally, which was originally intended to raise awareness for those imprisoned on charges stemming from the attempted insurrection of January 6th, has now attracted factions of the far-right community who may aim to commit violence in Washington DC.

Authorities say online chatter surrounding the event is devolving.

The U.S. Capitol Police is increasing security in preparation for potential violence at a Sept. 18 rally in which followers of former President Donald Trump intend to show support for people arrested after the deadly January attack on the Capitol, according to a statement and an internal memo on Wednesday.

Department Chief Tom Manger will provide a security briefing to top lawmakers on Monday about the rally, a source familiar with the meeting said. The source said U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to the briefing.

“We have a robust security posture planned for September 18th,” the U.S. Capitol Police statement said. “All available staff will be working.”

Citing an internal Capitol Police memo, CNN reported on Wednesday that law enforcement officials are bracing for potential clashes and unrest during the rally after seeing a noticeable uptick in violent rhetoric around the event on social media and discussion boards.

Some of the more enthusiastic online dialogue has come from groups looking to use the rally to seek justice for Ashli Babbitt, a protester who was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the storming of the Capitol.

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