Sparse crowds protesting outside U.S. Capitol outnumbered by police

In a city still on edge after the Jan. 6 insurrection, law enforcement bore down in large numbers on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Saturday over concerns that a rally in support of the jailed rioters would turn violent.

It didn’t — the crowd was sparse and incidents were few.

The only clear parallels to the riots more than eight months ago by supporters of former U.S. president Donald Trump were the false claims put forth by the rally organizers about the January violence.

The low turnout also called into question whether such rallies will have any staying power as the organizers attempt to tap into the rage of Jan. 6 without the presence of the former president.