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Beyond DC: Protests rock California, Utah, Michigan and more

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Tero Vesalainen/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — As rioters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., protesters in support of President Donald Trump — mostly unmasked — convened in cities across the U.S.

California

Pro-Trump and anti-Trump protesters gathered at Los Angeles City Hall at about 1 p.m. PT., the Los Angeles Police Department said.

When some pro-Trump protesters attempted to “take” an intersection, they were met by anti-Trump protesters, resulting in a physical confrontation, police said.

“The LAPD’s Metropolitan Division was at the scene but did not engage in any crowd management or crowd control,” police said.

An unlawful assembly was declared and six people were arrested: three for carrying unpermitted items while attending a public demonstration, two for failing to disperse and one for resisting/obstructing an officer.

Washington state

Shortly before 3 p.m. PT, protesters gained access to the grounds of the Washington state Governor’s Mansion in Olympia, Washington, Washington State Patrol spokesman Darren Wright said.

The state patrol responded to the first call of a breach and officers dispersed the crowd, Wright said.

“They did not make access to the entrance itself, just to the grounds,” Wright said, adding that the protest was peaceful.

No arrests were made, he said.

The state patrol is investigating how the breach occurred, he said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said in a video message that he was safe.

Oregon

Altercations erupted at the Oregon Capitol in Salem “despite repeated attempts to keep opposing groups from converging toward violence,” Salem police said.

The altercations “ended swiftly when officers arrived,” police said.

“No force was necessary to separate the two groups,” police added.

The Oregon State Police, who declared the event an unlawful assembly, said one person was arrested for harassment and disorderly conduct.

Utah

About 400 Trump supporters came together at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that one of its photographers was pepper-sprayed and verbally harassed while covering the protest.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted in response, “This is disgusting. We will work with Capitol security to ensure the perpetrator(s) are held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Michigan

About 700 to 800 people came to the lawn of Michigan’s Capitol in Lansing, some bringing rifles and “Stop the steal” signs, The Detroit Free Press reported.

One woman held a sign that said, “ELECTION #’S AS PHONY AS COVID #’S”.

No one tried to get inside the building, the Free Press said, and the state police called the crowd “cooperative.”

Colorado

Hundreds of Trump supporters united outside Colorado’s Capitol in Denver for a peaceful rally, The Denver Post reported.

Some wore helmets, knee pads and gloves with hardened knuckles, while others held signs that said “Media is the virus,” the Post reported.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he instructed city municipal buildings to close early “out of an abundance of caution.”

Minnesota

About 500 Trump supporters, some clad in Colonial-era costumes, assembled at Minnesota’s Capitol in St. Paul, The Star Tribune reported.

Some protesters laughed when they learned about the mob sieging the U.S. Capitol in D.C., the newspaper said.

“We are going to fight, we are going to go down, there’s going to be casualties,” said local Republican Party leader Alley Waterbury, according to the Tribune. “I’ll be the first casualty, I do not care.”

“This is 1776 … the time for talk is over,” one man told the Tribune. “Be on the right side of history because we are about to make it.”

Minnesota state troopers guarded the Capitol entrances. A few protesters went from the Capitol to the governor’s home, which was guarded by state troopers, according to the newspaper.

Arizona

About 1,000 Trump supporters converged at Arizona’s Capitol in Phoenix for a 10-hour-long protest, The Arizona Republic reported.

A few Trump supporters banged on state Capitol building’s doors, shouting “Freedom!” and yelling for the governor, the newspaper reported.

Some protesters brought a wooden guillotine with a Trump flag on it, the Republic reported.

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