DC businesses boarding up ahead of protests
Mary Rose Corkery, DCNF
Washington D.C. boarded up businesses ahead of Wednesday’s demonstrations supporting President Donald Trump, videos show.
Various videos show people applying wood onto business buildings in the city before the rally, which are timed for Congress’ vote on certifying the 2020 presidential election results Wednesday.
— Lisa Bennatan (@LisaBennatan) January 4, 2021
President Donald Trump tweeted in December that there will be a “big protest in D.C. on January 6th.”
“Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!” Trump tweeted.
Washington D.C. police posted flyers, forbidding people to carry firearms around the city during the rallies supporting Trump, FOX 5 reported.
The notice forbidding the firearms is effective from Jan. 4 until Jan. 7, according to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in a Monday press conference that she would deploy around 100 National Guard troops in the city. Bowser said the National Guard will not be armed, but are anticipated to assist the MPD in arresting those who are openly carrying firearms.
“We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate residents or cause destruction in our city,” Bowser said in the press conference.
The mayor recommended those who live in D.C. to stay away from downtown over the rally, and said she was considering establishing a curfew for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Proud Boys’ national leader was arrested Monday when arrived in Washington D.C., the MPD confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys, was arrested for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic black church during December protests, a person familiar with the matter said, according to The New York Times.
Tarrio said on social media and told The Washington Post that he burned the banner, and said if charged, he would plead guilty to property destruction. The banner was Asbury United Methodist Church’s, which is one of D.C.’s oldest black churches.