The leader of the far-right Proud Boys group has been arrested in DC for burning a Black Lives Matter flag last month.
Enrique Tarrio, who lives in Miami, where he also runs a grassroots organization called Latinos for Trump – told the Washington Post he had burned the Black Lives Matter flag.
“Let’s make this simple. I did it.”
The banner was taken from a black church during a rally in December.
Trump has been urging supporters to gather in the capital this week for demonstrations.
On Wednesday, Congress is due to certify Biden‘s election victory before he takes office on 20 January.
Tarrio has said Parler that the Proud Boys will
“turn out in record numbers on Jan 6th.”
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, Dustin Sternbeck, told the Washington Post on Monday that Tarrio had been stopped in a vehicle shortly after it entered the district.
During his arrest he was found to be in unlawful possession of two devices that allow guns to hold additional bullets, a source told CBS News.
Tarrio said Proud Boy members have had their flags and hats stolen in past demonstrations without anyone being arrested for those alleged incidents.