AT LEAST 10 states are deploying National Guard troops and several are closing their Capitols amid the FBI’s warnings of armed protests around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Among states that are activating Guardsmen leading up to Inauguration Day are California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin, according to a New York Times survey on Friday.
Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed to the US CapitolCredit: Getty Images – Getty
The FBI has warned of armed protests around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Credit: Reuters
At least 10 states have activated National Guard troops including WisconsinCredit: Getty Images – Getty
North Carolina is among the states that activated the National GuardCredit: Alamy
Meanwhile, states that plan to shut down their Capitol grounds before Wednesday include Kentucky, Texas and Virginia.
New Mexico and other states with legislatures meeting over the coming days have erected fencing around their Capitols.
Some states, including Indiana and Michigan, have taken unprecedented measures of canceling their legislative work next week over the warnings of possible violence.
America prepared for potential violence as:
Michigan State Police beefed up security ahead of planned protests at the state Capitol buildingCredit: Reuters
California Governor Gavin Newsom mobilized the National Guard and ordered a six-foot fence around the CapitolCredit: AP:Associated Press
The FBI has warned of possible armed protests after the Capitol riotCredit: Mega
Workers covered the first floor windows at the Illinois State Capitol Credit: AP:Associated Press
Such activity is already brewing, as the FBI on Friday arrested former Army Airborne infantryman Daniel Alan Baker in Tallahassee, Florida’s capital.
Baker, 33, “specifically called for others to join him in encircling any protestors and confining them to the Capitol complex using firearms,” stated the FBI in an arrest report.
Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey on Friday asked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to activate the National Guard, which DeSantis did shortly after “in response to reports of potential civil unrest.”
Oregon has activated Guardsmen ahead of Inauguration Day Credit: Reuters
Warnings of armed protests swirled after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6Credit: AFP or licensors
Members of the Washington National Guard guard the Legislative Building at the Capitol in OlympiaCredit: AP:Associated Press
Virginia National Guard soldiers were deployed to the US CapitolCredit: Getty Images – Getty
California Governor Gavin Newsom approved the deployment of 1,000 Guardsmen to Sacramento and lined the perimeter of the state Capitol with a six-foot-tall fence to “prepare for and respond to credible threats.”
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker activated 250 National Guard members, on top of 300 troops from the state that have already been deployed to help with the inauguration.
Maj. Gen. Rich Neely, who is the commander of the Illinois National Guard, said: “Our soldiers and airmen come from every community across Illinois, and each has sworn to protect their communities, their state and their nation.”
Governors and mayors across the country are reinforcing their buildings and telling potential protesters to think twice before showing up.
“If you’re planning to come here or up to Washington with ill intent in your heart, you need to turn around right now and go home,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said during a news conference on Thursday.
“You are not welcome here, and you’re not welcome in our nation’s capital and if you come here and act out, Virginia will be ready.”