At State Capitol, law enforcement again outnumbers protesters
For the second day in a row, law enforcement outnumbered pro-Trump demonstrators at the Minnesota State Capitol.
According to a KSTP reporter at the scene, there were about 25 protesters present at the Capitol. By 2 p.m., there were less than five that remained.
Noon check-in:— Ben Henry (@BenryNews) January 17, 2021
A few more protesters – number is still under 25. pic.twitter.com/HkyFOaWA9G
Three remain from the ‘Hold the Line’ protest.— Ben Henry (@BenryNews) January 17, 2021
Organizers didn’t expect many.
Peaceful, civil conversations have been had a long those with opposing views.
Also since last check-in, a woman dropped off cookies for ralliers. pic.twitter.com/PtP8UJQhum
Another KSTP reporter said members of the media also outnumbered demonstrators.
So far a peaceful and very small demonstration about the election results at the MN State Capitol in St. Paul. Just a handful of demonstrators and they are outnumbered by law enforcement by at least 25-1.— Tom Hauser (@thauserkstp) January 17, 2021
Media members probably outnumber demonstrators by 5-1. pic.twitter.com/6dMFV0OFDH
Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington made it clear on Friday the state would be prepared for any attacks similar to the siege on the U.S. Capitol two weeks ago.
Earlier this week, Harrington urged people to stay away from the State Capitol unless it was absolutely necessary.