Capitol riots and bracing for more

Autumn Page, Staff Reporter

The riot that took place at the capital, on Jan. 6, was disturbing enough, and now there are more calls for uprising.

The FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” that are being planned at all 50 state capitols and, to no surprise, the US Capitol in Washington. I’m expecting it’ll only get worse leading up to and the day of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20. 

According to an FBI bulletin, people a part of multiple pro-Trump online forums have been discussing about further demonstrations, with it going as far as some organizers encouraging groups and other participants to bring firearms.

Protests planned for Washington, D.C., are likely going to attract large numbers of President Donald Trump’s supporters, including conspiracy theorists, militia groups and members of the extremist group the Proud Boys, raising concerns of violent confrontations.

Is the complete dread and here-we-go-again attitude with everyone or just me? 

The bulletin states:

“On 8 January, the FBI received information on an identified group calling for others to join them in ‘storming’ state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event POTUS is removed as President prior to Inauguration Day. This identified group is also planning to ‘storm’ government offices including in the District of Columbia and in every state, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump, on 20 January,”

Remember when the Black Lives Matter movement was proudly taking over streets and people were calling them rioters and used rubber bullets? 

I’m treating this the same way, even when the security at the white house walks out the “protesters.”

The Site Intelligence Group, a group that tracks extremist threats online, said in a report that on Jan. 17 armed far-right protests are being planned. Allegedly, it has been in the works for weeks, with Trump supporters and anti government activists promoting marches in Washington and at state capitols around the country. Fliers promoting the event are circulating online, including one encouraging people to “come armed at your personal discretion.”

I don’t know why I have to be the first one to say this, but if you’re really trying to keep it lowkey- this isn’t how. 

I also don’t know why they feel the need for protests across the country, isn’t Washington enough?

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser urged Americans to avoid the city during Biden’s inauguration and gave the option of participating virtually. Officials are still assessing what number of National Guard forces are needed for Biden’s inauguration.

So far, 10,000 troops are planning to be in the city and there’s a possibility that a total of 13,000 might be on guard for the event.

Bowser also states that she requested the Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Park Service, to cancel and deny any public gathering permits through Jan. 24. 

On top of Washington, state patrol SWAT officers were at Georgia’s Capitol, Idaho locked doors to its House and Senate chambers as state troopers sat at the entrances. 

In Michigan, a state commission voted Monday to ban the open carrying of weapons in the Capitol building.