Washington: The FBI has warned that it has received information from intelligence services that “armed protests” are planned in all 50 state capitals and Washington DC in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20 , raising fears of a more deadly violence. by extremists supporting incumbent President Donald Trump.
Posts on pro-Trump and far-right online networks called for protest actions on several dates, including armed protests in cities across the country on January 17 and a march in Washington DC on the same day. inauguration.
Biden told reporters on Monday he was not afraid to be sworn in outside Capitol Hill. He and Kamala Harris are expected to be sworn in outside the building, just two weeks after it was the site of a deadly raid by radical Trump supporters opposed to the election result.
Trump, meanwhile, issued an emergency declaration, ahead of his successor’s inauguration, amid growing perception of the threat.
On Monday night, Capitol Police told House Democrats they were examining three separate plans to stage protests, including one described as “ the largest armed protest ever on American soil. ”
But most worrying would be that of armed rioters circling the Capitol and preventing Democrats from entering – killing them if necessary – so Republicans can take command of the government, reports the Daily Mail.
Another protest is planned in honor of Ashli Babbitt, the USAF veteran who was shot at point blank range by a police officer as she attempted to climb into the President’s lobby during the crowd siege Trump, the Mail adds.
The puzzling developments came as President Nancy Pelosi presented an impeachment article accusing Trump of inciting an insurgency.
Members of the Washington National Guard positioned themselves, preparing for another armed “intrusion.” A protective fence was seen outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Sunday as officials braced for violence.
Monday’s FBI bulletin said the office was aware of plans for armed protests in each state between Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 – with a major protest scheduled for Washington, DC, Jan. 17. He said an “ identified armed group ”, which was not named directly, intends to visit the country’s capital ahead of the January 16 protest. “ They warned that if Congress attempted to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising would occur, ” the bulletin read, according to ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky.
Twitter cited discussions online of a “ proposed secondary attack ” against the U.S. Capitol and its counterparts in all 50 states when it decided to suspend Trump’s account on Friday.