The FBI has spent the better part of the last 12 days warning Americans that further political violence could be coming to our nation.
The siege of the Capitol on January 6th appears to be just one of many armed events that have been planned by far-right extremists, according to the Bureau, who have suggested that the next wave of trouble could arrive on or around inauguration day.
Some local statehouses were warned of events beginning on the 17th or 18th as well, but it appears as though these plots never materialized.
Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol. As darkness fell, there were no reports of any clashes.take our poll - story continues below
Security was stepped up in recent days after the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests in Washington and at all 50 state capitol buildings ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday.
Crowds of only a dozen or two demonstrated at some boarded-up, cordoned-off statehouses, while the streets in many other state capitals remained empty. Some protesters said they were there to back President Donald Trump. Others said they had instead come to voice their support for gun rights or decry government overreach.
The most prominent protest will likely occur in Washington DC, where tens-of-thousands of National Guard troops are on hand to deal with any attempted storming of the Capitol, or any other facility for that matter.
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