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Officials anxiously await Sunday protests after a smattering of small pro-Trump demonstrations

Law enforcement across the country braced Jan. 16 for the kind of mayhem Americans witnessed on Jan. 6 in D.C. (Video: Reuters)
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Officials in state capitals were prepared for protests and potential violence this weekend, but with the exception of a few locations, state houses were relatively quiet on Saturday.

Armed men and supporters of President Trump gathered at the Texas Capitol in Austin as law enforcement officials closely watched their movements. In St. Paul, hundreds of officers surrounded the Minnesota Capitol building, far outnumbering a group of about 50 pro-Trump protesters. A small number of demonstrators also gathered in Illinois and Nevada.

Most of the weekend’s protests were planned for Sunday, however. But some conservative activists have urged their followers to stay home, claiming the events are a “setup” to frame Trump supporters for violence.

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