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State capitol in Austin closed until after inauguration

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Posted at 10:08 AM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 12:37:24-05

AUSTIN, Texas — The state capitol and grounds in Austin are closed to the public until after Wednesday inauguration, due to possible violent protests.

Officials say a demonstration held Sunday was peaceful.

Various groups, armed with rifles, spoke about protecting the Bill of Rights.

Many protesters didn't show up to Sunday’s event because of the deadly riots that happened at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

“The entire point of the event was to attach any particular group to it,” demonstrator Kris Hunter said. “This is supposed to be a uniting type of event, all of us that are worried about our rights being trampled on."

Legislative staff have been urged to work remotely until after Wednesday of this week, out of an abundance of caution.

More demonstrations are expected leading up to inauguration day.