As the FBI continues to warn that far-right extremists are plotting further attacks on government facilities in the coming days, law enforcement and the National Guard are beefing up their operations from coast to coast.
In Washington DC, tens of thousands of Guardsmen will be on hand to keep the capital, (and Capitol) safe as Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20th. The scenes were surreal, with Twitter users sharing a number of images of soldiers sleeping in some of the nation’s most hallowed hallways.
This sort of brute display of force was also being applied to arrests of members of the Proud Boys, who may have been involved in making threats of future attacks.
Eduard Florea, 40, was called out of his home in Middle Village by police before emerging on the street and surrendering in Queens on Tuesday night, according to NY Daily News.
Neighbors described the event with disbelief.
“It was nuts. A tank was going down the street. I couldn’t believe it, especially in a quiet neighborhood like this,” one neighbor told the outlet.
Another resident who also witnessed the arrest described the incident as shocking.
“That shocked the heck out of me,” she said, according to NY Daily News.
“I came outside out of the basement (to see what was going on). An FBIguy yelled at me to get inside.
Photos were soon popping up on social media.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) January 14, 2021
"“It was nuts. A tank was going down the street. I couldn’t believe it, especially in a quiet neighborhood like this,” she added." https://t.co/852lBJ9NDw
— Dana Rubinstein (@danarubinstein) January 13, 2021
The FBI has warned that online extremist chatter continues to build ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration, and DC authorities are asking that visitors refrain from traveling to Washington DC for the event.
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