Right-wing demonstrators rally at U.S. statehouses amid heavy law enforcement presence

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CBC News, Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the Unites States on Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol.

Armed demonstrators rally in front of a closed Texas State Capitol in Austin on Sunday. (Matthew Busch/AFP via Getty Images)

Security was stepped up in recent days after the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests in Washington, D.C., and at all 50 state capitol buildings ahead of president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

Crowds of only a dozen or two people demonstrated at some boarded-up, cordoned-off statehouses, while the streets in many other capital cities remained empty.

Some protesters said they supported President Donald Trump. But others said they weren’t backing Trump and had instead come to voice their support for gun rights or oppose what they saw as government overreach.

Armed demonstrators protest outside of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich., on Sunday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)