Protesters gathered outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington state, Sunday

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Several dozen protesters gathered Sunday afternoon outside Washington state’s Capitol building, which is surrounded by temporary fencing and National Guard members.

Protesters – some opposing vaccines, some in support of President Donald Trump and others objecting to the closure of the building to the public during the upcoming legislative session – held signs and listened to speakers.

An armed, right-wing group had encouraged its members to occupy the Capitol when the Legislature meets. However, an organizer of the planned occupation, Tyler Miller of the group Hazardous Liberty, canceled the event in a Facebook post Wednesday night.

A group of anti-fascist protesters dressed in black make a brief stop outside a perimeter fence being watched by National Guard members and Washington State Patrol troopers, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. The group, part of a larger protest that was taking place in downtown Olympia, left after several minutes of exchanging words with troopers and guard members. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A group of anti-fascist protesters dressed in black make a brief stop outside a perimeter fence being watched by National Guard members and Washington State Patrol troopers, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. The group, part of a larger protest that was taking place in downtown Olympia, left after several minutes of exchanging words with troopers and guard members. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

“Due to our political leaders being non-responsive and the 100% likelihood that our event will be hijacked by people with ulterior motives, we have decided to cancel the Legislative Lockout event,” Miller wrote. “Please support the other rallies that are happening in and around Olympia this weekend and coming week.”

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Organizers and leaders have acknowledged that people will likely still show and try to get into the building as momentum for the event exists following Wednesday when a violent pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election.

National Guard members march near a perimeter fence, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. A small rally with speakers, flags and signs representing several groups was held near the fence Sunday, but most attendees had left by early evening. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

National Guard members march near a perimeter fence, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. A small rally with speakers, flags and signs representing several groups was held near the fence Sunday, but most attendees had left by early evening. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Sunday’s event was small and peaceful, with many people leaving the area by 3 p.m., in comparison to another protest that took place Wednesday where Trump loyalists – some who were armed – stormed the governor’s property in Olympia.

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Later in the afternoon, Black Lives Matter protesters held their own event at Heritage Park adjacent to the Capitol Complex.

National Guard members and a Washington State Patrol trooper stand behind a perimeter fence, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. A small rally with speakers, flags, and signs representing several groups was held near the fence Sunday, but most attendees had left by early evening. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

National Guard members and a Washington State Patrol trooper stand behind a perimeter fence, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. A small rally with speakers, flags, and signs representing several groups was held near the fence Sunday, but most attendees had left by early evening. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Earlier this week Gov. Jay Inslee activated the Washington State National Guard, authorizing 750 members of the Guard along with state police to be in Olympia ahead of the 2021 legislative session that begins Monday.

Lawmakers plan to do their work through a mix of virtual meetings and on-site votes.

Leaders from both parties say the state constitution requires lawmakers to meet in person, however, the public and lobbyists will have to watch the events virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The legislative proceedings will stream live online and on the state’s public affairs television network. Lawmakers are meeting in person Monday largely to adopt rules that will allow them to meet virtually during the rest of the session.

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