its the weekend before. I think the hope is to hit multiple places simultaneously at a time that is not as well staffed.
Also so recommendations going out that LEO's request "vacation time" either to join in the protest, or just not be on duty to do their jobs.
A few Capital Hill Officers are reporting of duty officers from around the country were in among the rioters and trying to flash badges to gain access.
and not to be all conspiracy theory... but if s*** goes down before the inauguration the idea is maybe martial law or something can be done and the transfer of power won't happen. The idea is that the rioters will be protected and pardoned so its worth it if they win.
Its not a protest, or voicing of complaints against a government so much as take over attempt, by any means necessary. They already beat one officer to death with a fire extinguisher and they thought they were going to get away with it. (for the most part they have-- there was no where near the riot response seen at other times, and even the arrests have been lingering and minimal....nothing at the crime scene, everyone was allowed to comfortably go home, many times, home across the country.)
A second attempt is going to be escalate and be more aggressive.