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There were scattered demonstrations on Saturday, but statehouses remained mostly quiet. Security officials have eyed Sunday as the first major flashpoint for further protests. There were scattered demonstrations on Saturday, but statehouses remained mostly quiet. Security officials have eyed Sunday as the first major flashpoint for...

National Guard troops deployed as US authorities brace for violent pro-Trump protests this weekend | SBS News

Joe Biden will use his first day as president to undo some of Donald Trump’s most controversial decisions, as states weigh whether to deploy more National Guard troops to Washington or stay alert to local threats on Inauguration Day.Joe Biden will use his first day as president to undo some of Donald Trump’s most controversial decisions, as states weigh whether to deploy more National Guard troops to Washington or stay alert to local threats on Inauguration Day.

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It was reported Saturday that anti-government movement the Boogaloo Boys is continuing with plans for an armed rally in D.C. and at all 50 state capitols this Sunday.It was reported Saturday that anti-government movement the Boogaloo Boys is continuing with plans for an armed rally in D.C. and at all 50 state capitols this Sunday.

Boogaloo Boys 'will continue' their armed rally in DC on Sunday despite 15,000 National Guard troops | Daily Mail Online

About 10,000 guardsmen were in the District on Saturday, and up to 25,000 could be by the inauguration.About 10,000 guardsmen were in the District on Saturday, and up to 25,000 could be by the inauguration.

D.C. National Guard commander William Walker says he believes he has city officials' trust - The Washington Post

Readers urge Americans not to let fear dominate a momentous day, and offer suggestions for former presidents and the media.Readers urge Americans not to let fear dominate a momentous day, and offer suggestions for former presidents and the media.

The threat of extremist groups descending on political buildings across the country in demonstrations on Su...

Biden inauguration: US braces for potentially violent week

Authorities across all US states are on alert and bolstering security in preparation for possible protests in the last weekend of Donald Trump's presidency.Authorities across all US states are on alert and bolstering security in preparation for possible protests in the last weekend of Donald Trump's presidency.

US holds its breath as troops and massive security lock down Washington for Joe Biden's inauguration | The New Daily

As traders return from the long holiday weekend on Tuesday and equity markets reopen, markets will turn their attention to the first days of the Biden administration and to another batch of corporate earnings results.As traders return from the long holiday weekend on Tuesday and equity markets reopen, markets will turn their attention to the first days of the Biden administration and to another batch of corporate earnings results.

Inauguration Day, Netflix earnings: What to know in the week ahead

In a nod to both the coronavirus pandemic as well as security concerns, festivities around Biden's inauguration will largely be held online, though the president-elect still plans to be sworn in and deliver his inaugural address at the CapitolIn a nod to both the coronavirus pandemic as well as security concerns, festivities around Biden's inauguration will largely be held online, though the president-elect still plans to be sworn in and deliver his inaugural address at the Capitol

Security officials eye Sunday as the first major flashpoint as that is when the anti-government "boogaloo" movement made plans weeks ago to hold rallies in all 50 states.Security officials eye Sunday as the first major flashpoint as that is when the anti-government "boogaloo" movement made plans weeks ago to hold rallies in all 50 states.

US states gird for armed protests as FBI flags threats

HARRISBURG: Pennsylvania: Law enforcement officers were out in force at state capitol grounds across the United States on Sunday (Jan 17) in ...HARRISBURG: Pennsylvania: Law enforcement officers were out in force at state capitol grounds across the United States on Sunday (Jan 17) in ...

US state capitals brace for violent protests as crowds remain thin - CNA

Biden inauguration: National Guard troops pour into Washington amid concerns over violent protestsThe calls reflect fears that violent extremist groups are targeting the city in the wake of the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6.

Biden inauguration: National Guard troops pour into Washington amid concerns over violent protests | Euronews

By Nathan Layne and Brendan O'Brien HARRISBURG, Pa./LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president's false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations. More than a dozen states activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an FBI warning of armed demonstrations, with right-wing extremists emboldened by the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6. Security officials had eyed Sunday as the first major flashpoint, as that is when the anti-government boogaloo movement made plans weeks ago to hold rallies in all 50 states. But by late Sunday afternoon, only handfuls of demonstrators had taken to the streets alongside much larger crowds of law enforcement officers and media personnel. It was a non-event today and we are glad it was, said Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services, the agency that protects the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. On Sunday afternoon, police opened streets around the building that had been blocked off in anticipation of bigger crowds. Only a few Trump supporters had shown up, including Alex, a 34-year-old drywall finisher from Hershey, Pennsylvania who said he had been at the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol but did not storm the building. He declined to give his last name. Wearing a hoodie emblazoned with Fraud 2020 , he said he believed November's presidential election was stolen and wanted to show his support for Trump. He noted the lack of protesters at the Pennsylvania capitol on Sunday. There's nothing going on, he said. A similarly small group of about a dozen protesters, a few armed with rifles, stood outside Michigan's capitol in Lansing on Sunday afternoon. One wore fatigue pants, a tactical vest and blue Hawaiian shirt, a trademark of the anti-government boogaloo movement. I am not here to be violent and I hope no one shows up to be violent, said one man standing on the lawn in front of the capitol. The man, who refused to give his name, wore a Make America Great Again hat and waving a Don't tread on me flag. By early evening, the capitol grounds in Lansing were deserted. PREPARING FOR VIOLENCE The nationwide security uptick followed the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington by a mix of extremists and Trump supporters, some of whom called for the death of Vice President Mike Pence as he presided over the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. The FBI and other federal agencies have warned of the potential for future violence leading up to Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, as white supremacists and other extremists seek to exploit frustration among Trump supporters who have bought into his falsehoods about electoral fraud. Tens of thousands of security personnel from the National Guard and law enforcement agencies have descended upon Washington, D.C., to bolster security ahead of Wednesday's ceremony. On Sunday, Capitol Police in Washington said they had arrested a woman at a security checkpoint on Saturday for falsely impersonating a police officer after she presented what was identified as a military challenge coin, and stated that she was a law enforcement officer. The woman underwent a psychiatric evaluation before being transported to Central Cell Block, police said in a statement. Downtown Washington was a ghost town on Sunday. Gun-toting National Guard soldiers in camouflage manned checkpoints across the city center, which was closed off to traffic with large military vehicles deployed to block streets. It was not clear whether the FBI warning and ramped up security presence around the country might have led some protesters to cancel plans to go to their state capitols. Following the Jan. 6 violence in Washington, some militia members said they would not attend a long-planned pro-gun demonstration in Virginia on Monday, where authorities were worried about the risk of violence as multiple groups converged on the state capital, Richmond. The streets around the statehouse in Richmond were lined with barricades on Sunday afternoon, but aside from a few police officers and reporters, the area was deserted. Some militias and extremist groups told followers to stay home this weekend, citing the increased security or the risk that the planned events were law enforcement traps. Bob Gardner, leader of the Pennsylvania Lightfoot Militia, said his group had no plans to be in Harrisburg this weekend. We've got our own communities to worry about, Gardner said earlier this week. We don’t get involved in politics. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Lansing, Michigan, Rich McKay in Atlanta, Georgia, Nathan Layne in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Julia Harte in Richmond, Virginia, Steve Holland and Jonathan Landay in Washington DC; writing by Gabriella Borter in Naples, Florida; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Daniel Wallis)By Nathan Layne and Brendan O'Brien HARRISBURG, Pa./LANSING, Mich. (Reuters) - Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president's false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out for what authorities feared could be violent demonstrations. More than a dozen states activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an FBI warning of armed demonstrations, with right-wing extremists emboldened by the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6. Security officials had eyed Sunday as the first major flashpoint, as that is when the anti-government "boogaloo" movement made plans weeks ago to hold rallies in all 50 states. But by late Sunday afternoon, only handfuls of demonstrators had taken to the streets alongside much larger crowds of law enforcement officers and media personnel. "It was a non-event today and we are glad it was," said Troy Thompson, spokesman for the Department of General Services, the agency that protects the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. On Sunday afternoon, police opened streets around the building that had been blocked off in anticipation of bigger crowds. Only a few Trump supporters had shown up, including Alex, a 34-year-old drywall finisher from Hershey, Pennsylvania who said he had been at the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol but did not storm the building. He declined to give his last name. Wearing a hoodie emblazoned with "Fraud 2020", he said he believed November's presidential election was stolen and wanted to show his support for Trump. He noted the lack of protesters at the Pennsylvania capitol on Sunday. "There's nothing going on," he said. A similarly small group of about a dozen protesters, a few armed with rifles, stood outside Michigan's capitol in Lansing on Sunday afternoon. One wore fatigue pants, a tactical vest and blue Hawaiian shirt, a trademark of the anti-government boogaloo movement. "I am not here to be violent and I hope no one shows up to be violent," said one man standing on the lawn in front of the capitol. The man, who refused to give his name, wore a "Make America Great Again" hat and waving a "Don't tread on me" flag. By early evening, the capitol grounds in Lansing were deserted. PREPARING FOR VIOLENCE The nationwide security uptick followed the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington by a mix of extremists and Trump supporters, some of whom called for the death of Vice President Mike Pence as he presided over the certification of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory. The FBI and other federal agencies have warned of the potential for future violence leading up to Biden's inauguration on Wednesday, as white supremacists and other extremists seek to exploit frustration among Trump supporters who have bought into his falsehoods about electoral fraud. Tens of thousands of security personnel from the National Guard and law enforcement agencies have descended upon Washington, D.C., to bolster security ahead of Wednesday's ceremony. On Sunday, Capitol Police in Washington said they had arrested a woman at a security checkpoint on Saturday for falsely impersonating a police officer after she "presented what was identified as a military challenge coin, and stated that she was a law enforcement officer." The woman underwent a psychiatric evaluation before being transported to Central Cell Block, police said in a statement. Downtown Washington was a ghost town on Sunday. Gun-toting National Guard soldiers in camouflage manned checkpoints across the city center, which was closed off to traffic with large military vehicles deployed to block streets. It was not clear whether the FBI warning and ramped up security presence around the country might have led some protesters to cancel plans to go to their state capitols. Following the Jan. 6 violence in Washington, some militia members said they would not attend a long-planned pro-gun demonstration in Virginia on Monday, where authorities were worried about the risk of violence as multiple groups converged on the state capital, Richmond. The streets around the statehouse in Richmond were lined with barricades on Sunday afternoon, but aside from a few police officers and reporters, the area was deserted. Some militias and extremist groups told followers to stay home this weekend, citing the increased security or the risk that the planned events were law enforcement traps. Bob Gardner, leader of the Pennsylvania Lightfoot Militia, said his group had no plans to be in Harrisburg this weekend. "We've got our own communities to worry about," Gardner said earlier this week. "We don’t get involved in politics." (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Lansing, Michigan, Rich McKay in Atlanta, Georgia, Nathan Layne in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Julia Harte in Richmond, Virginia, Steve Holland and Jonathan Landay in Washington DC; writing by Gabriella Borter in Naples, Florida; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Daniel Wallis)

More than a dozen states have called in the National Guard.More than a dozen states have called in the National Guard.

Law enforcement officials prepare for chaos across US from Donald Trump supporters | Newshub

A look at the increased security preparations for this week's inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, coming on the heels of a murderous attack on the U.S. Capitol by insurrectionists.A look at the increased security preparations for this week's inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, coming on the heels of a murderous attack on the U.S. Capitol by insurrectionists.

Security challenges as a new president is sworn in - CBS News

National Guard Soldiers headed to Capitol from Savannah for inauguration National Guard Soldiers headed to Capitol from Savannah for inauguration

National Guard Soldiers headed to Capitol from Savannah for inauguration

Texas and Kentucky take further step of closing capitol grounds to publicTexas and Kentucky take further step of closing capitol grounds to public

US state capitals on alert for pro-Trump armed protests, FBI flags risk of violence

At the request of the Department of Defense, an additional 100 Illinois National Guard members have been activated ahead of Wednesday’s presidential...At the request of the Department of Defense, an additional 100 Illinois National Guard members have been activated ahead of Wednesday’s presidential inauguration in Washington, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Sunday. According to an updated press release from the governor’s office, the 100 additional members of the Guard will join another 200 individuals who have already been activated by Pritzker. “Following…

Pritzker Activates 100 Additional National Guard Members Ahead of Inauguration – NBC Chicago

By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation’s capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of U.S. defense...By the busload and planeload, National Guard troops were pouring into the nation’s capital on Saturday, as governors answered the urgent pleas of U.S. defense officials for more troops to help safeguard Washington even as they keep anxious eyes on possible violent protests in their own states. More than 15,000 current National Guard members were in D.C. as of Sunday…

DC Inauguration Updates: Guard Troops Pour Into District – NBC4 Washington

Members of the Oklahoma National Guard left the Sooner State for Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.Members of the Oklahoma National Guard left the Sooner State for Washington, D.C., on Sunday morning ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Oklahoma National Guard members head to Washington, DC, ahead of inauguration

The stepped-up security measures were intended to safeguard seats of government from the type of violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week - pennlive.com

Officers from the federal Bureau of Prisons patrolled the sidewalks along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, which connects the White House and Capitol Hill, the scene of chaos on Jan. 6.Officers from the federal Bureau of Prisons patrolled the sidewalks along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, which connects the White House and Capitol Hill, the scene of chaos on Jan. 6.

Anxious US sees subdued weekend after girding for unrest | Hindustan Times

Heavily fortified statehouses around the U.S. are seeing small and peaceful protests, despite widespread fears of another burst of right-wing violence like the attack on the Capitol in Washington.Heavily fortified statehouses around the U.S. are seeing small and peaceful protests, despite widespread fears of another burst of right-wing violence like the attack on the Capitol in Washington.

Heavy fortified statehouses around the US see small protests

A few protesters were starting to gather in some cities, but streets in many others remained empty.

Armed protesters gather at some U.S. statehouses as police, National Guard stand watch - oregonlive.com

Members of the Nebraska National Guard were called on to provide support for the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Saturday.Members of the Nebraska National Guard were called on to provide support for the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Saturday.

Nebraska National Guard called on to provide support for Presidential Inauguration

Vermont soldiers are joining thousands of U.S. troops in Washington, D.C. to provide security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.Vermont soldiers are joining thousands of U.S. troops in Washington, D.C. to provide security for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

Vermont National Guard heads to D.C. for inauguration

News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publicationFollowing the assault on the US Capitol, 25,000 National Guard troops have been called to provide security for inauguration day. The FT's Katrina Manson met some of the armed forces protecting Washington DC

US Capitol on lockdown ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration | Financial Times

A protest downtown Chicago is expected as Illinois braces for possible unrest leading to the upcoming Biden Inauguration Day.Law enforcement officials across the state are gearing up for possible unrest in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

Illinois, US brace for possible unrest leading to Joe Biden's Inauguration Day; Chicago protests expected | abc7chicago.com

Heavy fortified statehouses around the US see small protests – FBC News

The calls reflect fears that violent extremist groups are targeting the city in the wake of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.The calls reflect fears that violent extremist groups are targeting the city in the wake of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Thousands of National Guard troops pour into Washington as states answer the call

The U.S. Capitol and surrounding area has been transformed into a military zone ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugurations, as police step up security after a pro-Trump mob overwhelming police to storm the building.The U.S. Capitol and surrounding area has been transformed into a military zone ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugurations, as police step up security after a pro-Trump mob overwhelming

Threats transform capital into military zone ahead of inauguration | TheHill

The U.S. Capitol and surrounding area has been transformed into a military zone ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugurations, as police step up security after a pro-Trump mob overwhelming police to storm the building.The U.S. Capitol and surrounding area has been transformed into a military zone ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugurations, as police step up security after a pro-Trump mob overwhelming

Threats transform capital into military zone ahead of inauguration | TheHill

States capitals increased security while Washington, D.C., locked down Sunday ahead of expected inauguration protests. Live updates.

Protest live updates: DC, nation quiet under extraordinary security; heavily armed man arrested near US Capitol claims 'honest mistake'

All 50 US states are on alert for possible violent protests this weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this week, January 20. Following a warning from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that armed marches in support of Donald Trump could take place at all state Capitols, National Guard troops have been deployed across … All 50 US states are on alert for possible violent protests this weekend ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this week, January 20. Following a warning from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that armed marches in support of Donald Trump could take place at all state Capitols, National Guard troops have been deployed across …

Well before the concrete blocks and double row of tall fences that ring the US Capitol, National Guard troops with automatic weapons check vehicles.. Read more at straitstimes.com.United States News -Well before the concrete blocks and double row of tall fences that ring the US Capitol, National Guard troops with automatic weapons check vehicles.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Washington turned into fortress ahead of Biden's swearing-in, United States News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

Ahead of right-wing protests planned for Sunday, law enforcement stepped up security at capitols around the nation.Ahead of right-wing protests planned for Sunday, law enforcement stepped up security at capitols around the nation.

Police and National Guard scramble to secure capitols - Los Angeles Times

Donald Trump supporters are expected to protest in Washington DC and at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to Joe Biden taking the oath of office on Wednesday.Donald Trump supporters are expected to protest in Washington DC and at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to Joe Biden taking the oath of office on Wednesday.

US braces for potential violence ahead of Joe Biden inauguration | News | DW | 16.01.2021

Members of the Massachusetts National Guard in Melrose prepared to deploy to Washington D.C. on Saturday.Members of the Massachusetts National Guard in Melrose prepared to deploy to Washington D.C. on Saturday.

Members Of Massachusetts National Guard In Melrose Prepare For DC – CBS Boston