More guards soldiers, police than protesters in Utah Capitol

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) One of a dozen protesters hoists the flag upside down on Sunday afternoon, January 17, 2021 at the Utah Capitol.

Utah Capital remained safe on Sunday.

Although federal law enforcement warned of armed demonstrations at the Capitol across the country in the wake of the 6-Jan-Trump attack on the US Capitol, only 15 protesters showed up on the lawns of Utah’s Statehouse. Even that number is generous.
For most of Sunday’s demonstrations, the audience uprooted the extremist, anti-government boogaloo bois that organized the rally. Trump’s only pro-presence was a handful of people who waved flags for hours in support of defeated President Donald Trump. The audience posed for a selfie, taking their dogs and sitting with their children, sipping lattice, revealing the scene.
It does not mention the scores of law enforcement and National Guard soldiers who pitched the building, of which about 50 were stationed at all times at the south entrance of the Capitol, ready for an attack that never came.

If not for the police and caution tape wrapped around the building, and for the small group of armed protesters, it could be any other unusually hot Sunday afternoon in January.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) A woman responded, a woman who says derogatory things about President Donald Trump at the Utah Capitol, where a dozen protesters gathered on January 17, 2021.

As Howard Medrano, a tourist who happened to be on display, said, “It’s a beautiful day to hold a protest, but I think we’re just a beautiful day without any protest – and that’s a good thing.” is.”

The eight Boogaloos, who organized the event and refused to give their names, largely called the law enforcement presence a “joke,” as they stood with a rifle just south of the Capitol entrance. He wore brightly colored Hawaiian shirts, a wardrobe for his movement, and held two flags and two insignia. When a news helicopter climbed overhead, they raised their signals skyward.

“Are you ready enough for this situation?” Shouted through a megaphone in a Utah Highway Patrol detachment.

Utah officials closed the Capitol and other government buildings, as federal law enforcement warned of the possibility of violence in the wake of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Salt Lake City’s FBI field office said that it had not found any “specific” or “strong evidence” of the violence here, but was in “high-pitched” currency and based on a Utah Capital The command post was set up.
The Utah National Guard, Utah Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement were also summoned. Spencer Cox declared a state of emergency on Thursday because of this protest or possible violence among others, and they were anticipated in the wake of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

“Today’s protest was peaceful and law-abiding, certainly the preferred outcome, and we hope it will stay the week ahead,” Governor Napier-Pearce, spokesman for the governor’s office, said Sunday. “The presence of the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah National Guard ensured the safety of our Capitol, and we are grateful for their service.”

Cox tweeted that Sunday’s result was “our best case since many agitating groups canceled their plans and those who came were peaceful.”

Utah Highway Patrol Lieutenant Nick Street said that even though this protest turned into “anything”, a large police and military presence was significant.

He said police were aware of planned protests from social media posts on “fringe” sites in the days following the January 6 attack, but most were shut down during Sunday’s protests.

“We can’t take it seriously,” he said. “We just couldn’t. If we hadn’t done that, we would have been ‘smashed’. Every state was being carried out by Utah.”

Street said officers are likely to have law enforcement officers patrol the Capitol, which remains closed in the coming days. However, there will be some increased security, as the Utah Legislature begins its annual session on Tuesday.

Street said the extra heavy measures recently taken were due to a “specific day in our calendar”, which was Sunday.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) On Sunday, January 17, 2021, the National Guard contingent at the state capitol in Salt Lake City.

The rally remained peaceful for the entire three hours, standing on the Boogelos Capitol Ground, constantly telling police and soldiers versions, “This whole thing is a joke.”

He meant the presence of the police and the media, but for Boogolo, who protested on Sunday, even his organization was a joke, born of an internet meme that, he said, became real because people called it Considered in the same way.

The group told the story of Duncan Lamp, a 21-year-old who has been martyred for several anti-government extremist groups when he was killed by police in the morning, a no-knock-warrant gun raid, the Washington Post reported. He also spoke of the importance of coming together as citizens – no matter political affiliation – against a repressive government.

One indicated that advocated against qualified immunity and police unions. Other apologies have been made to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and Ross William Ulbricht, now the creators of the deflated Darknet marketplace Silk Road.

However, many passers-by did not take the protesters too seriously. Some passing motorists wrongly assume that this is a Trump supporter rally, “F — Trump”, as they went. Boogelos called Trump a “dictator”, and prevented the deaths of both George Floyd and Ashlee Babbitt, who were killed by the Capitol Police during the January 6 riots.

At the end of the protest, a woman placed a boombox above her head and played the song “FDT” (meaning F — Donald Trump) by YG and Nipsy Hustle on repeat. Boogaloos responded by announcing again, that they were not supporters of the president.

“Can you please change this to ‘F — tha police’ by NWA?” Boogaloo asked a megaphone.

(Trent Nelson | Salt Lake Tribune) Member of the Boise of Liberty on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

An onlooker, who identified himself only as Colin, leapt onto the grass with his family and dogs and said that it was him who was protesting, seen by dozens of reporters wandering the Capitol Ground.

“They are attention-seekers,” he said.

When Shiale Pooyer and her husband arrived at the field with their two girls and a dog on a family scavenger hunt, they hesitated to come close to the steps to the south.

“I didn’t really want to step on the property,” she said, “especially with children.”

But, ultimately, she thought it would be a good lesson for her children that groups of people have different beliefs and could have room to share them peacefully.

The girls made their way south, a few feet from the yellow police line, took a picture and left near a beehive sculpture for the scavenger hunt.

About an hour later, Boogaloos also left.


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