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Security measures have been intensified in state capitals across the United States amid fears of similar protests in local legislatures as a result of the violent blockade that took place last week in Washington. He writes for the New York Times.
These buildings have already become sites of protests several times already, with tensions increasing significantly in several cities as Biden’s inauguration approaches. According to the article in the newspaper, the level of preparedness has increased in dozens of state capitals after anti-government organizations began to act. According to the information so far, major movements will be organized by January 17. This week the FBI warned law enforcement agencies in all 50 states that there is a risk of armed protests.
In California, for example, the National Guard is also directed to the streets if needed, while in Michigan, guns are prohibited freely in the state legislature building in Lansing. Democrats have been calling for this since last year, when armed protesters stormed the building to protest closures imposed by the pandemic. At the time, two protesters were later arrested because authorities said they were preparing to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
But Republican Texas Rep, Briscoe Caen, is not concerned about the security of the local legislature, saying that many lawmakers have guns in the Austin Building.
Although the demonstrations are held primarily in state capitals, the authorities are preparing to target government buildings located in other cities.
Federal officials said Monday they have arrested and charged a man who shot multiple times at a federal court building in Portland Friday night. The man had been arrested a few days earlier, and then wanted to enter the local legislative building with guns.
Among the frequent slogans of the protests is that people are taking to the streets due to the epidemic closure and protest because the restrictions prevent people from being in the Legislative Council despite decisions that affect everyone there.
Joe Bident will be inaugurated as president on January 20 at the Capitol. Biden employees had previously asked people not to travel to Washington due to the pandemic, and that call has now been repeated by law enforcement. (The New York Times/BBC)