On January 6, a crowd gathered in Washington to protest the arrest of the rioters.

On January 6, a crowd gathered in Washington to protest the arrest of the rioters.

A protester carrying an American flag walks past police officers during a rally in support of the prosecution of the accused in the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol in Washington, DC, United States, on the 18th September 2021.

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A sparse crowd of protesters gathered in Washington to rally in support of those accused of the deadly pro-Trump rebellion on January 6.

Organizers called the rally “Justice for J6,” in reference to the date that supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to prevent the authentication of results from 2020 elections.

Protesters encountered a strong presence of local, state and federal law enforcement – and members of the press – more than the number of attendees at the event.

According to the department’s social media, the United States Capitol Police made some of the arrests during a non-violent protest on Saturday. According to police, the arrests include gun violations, possession of firearms and probation violations.

Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Conti told NBC News the crowds were “about what we expected” and an increased police presence may have disrupted attendance.

Police had already beefed up security around the Capitol before Saturday, installing fences around the Capitol Ground, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress and other office buildings of Congress.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Friday that around 100 National Guard soldiers were on standby to help protect the Capitol.

A riot police officer stands guard during a rally in support of the prosecution of the accused in the January 6 attack on the Capitol in Washington, United States, September 18, 2021.

Élisabeth Frantz | Reuters

Matt Brainard, a former Trump campaigner who organized the rally, previously told CNBC he expected the protest to be peaceful.

The Capitol Riot began on January 6 when Trump, speaking at a rally outside the White House, urged crowds to march towards Congress and fight against certification of Joe Biden’s election as as president.

Four people died in connection with the riots that day, including a woman who was shot dead by a police officer as she tried to crawl through a window towards the House of Representatives.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Siknick died the next day after collapsing hours after being attacked by rioters. Four police officers who responded to the rebellion since the attack have died by suicide.

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Trump said Thursday he sided with the rally participants in condemning the criminal charges against participants in the January 6 riots.

More than 600 people have been arrested since the January 6 attack, and more than 50 of them have pleaded guilty to various crimes. According to the Ministry of Justice, six were found guilty by the court.

—Kevin Brauninger, Dan Mangan and Amanda Macias of CNBC contributed to this report.

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