On Inauguration Day, Sacramento Capitol protests remain at a minimum

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — As Joe Biden was being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, only a few came to protest at the California State Capitol. 

“I’m protesting; I don’t think Joe Biden (is) President,” said Joe, who wouldn’t tell FOX40 his last name.

Joe came to the Capitol all the way from Brentwood in Contra Costa County to support the former president, but he was only one of three or four wearing Make America Great Again hats Wednesday.

“I feel like I’m doing my part. That’s all I care about. I’m not worried about everybody else. I’m here; I’m doing my part,” Joe declared.

After President Biden was sworn in, dozens of protesters dressed in black marched throughout the streets of Sacramento. The group seemed to be organized by Sacramento Antifa.

No one in the group would talk to FOX40 but a flyer posted to Antifa Sacramento’s Twitter page said they were marching to stop fascism, with the tagline “No more cops. No more Proud Boys. No more presidents.”

Before marching, several members of the group did chase two men who approached on bicycles wearing MAGA hats, but no physical violence occurred.

The group was followed closely by Sacramento police, who reported no major incidents.

When the marchers arrived at the Capitol, one person raised a smoke grenade in their hand, while others chanted at officers, but their visit to the Capitol building was brief.

Inside the Capitol building, sources told FOX40 lawmakers and their staff were asked to work from home Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Joe said he thought more would be out to support the former president, Donald Trump.

“Yeah, I was expecting more people, but I think a lot of people are afraid because you see many National Guards. We’ve got National Guard a half a mile in every direction,” he told FOX40.

Security was very tight around the Capitol and will remain so Wednesday night.

But it was certainly a much different scene from what it was like just two weeks ago.

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