'Trump-Inspired' Groups Reportedly Planning Protests, Assaults Before and After Inauguration Day

'Trump-Inspired' Groups Reportedly Planning Protests, Assaults Before and After Inauguration Day

Authorities are warning of the "substantial" risk that explosives will be among the "tactics" used during protests before and during the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, piling on to a previous memo urging law enforcement to be prepared for armed demonstrations in all 50 state capitols in the coming days, according to a recent report.

The call comes as federal authorities issued an intelligence bulletin dated January 13, warning of potential violence ahead of the inauguration and specifically mentioning concerns about extremists aligned with QAnon conspiracy theories, that have been repeatedly advanced by President Donald Trump.

Vice President Mike Pence listens during a briefing about the upcoming presidential inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, at FEMA headquarters, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Washington.

"Right now, we're tracking calls for potential armed protests and activity leading up to the inauguration", he said.
The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to impeach Trump on charges of incitement.

"It's begun to shift from "We are going to win this" to 'This fight is going to be a long one, '" Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist groups, said.
The extremists could perceive that death as "an act of martyrdom", officials said.

Federal authorities are warning state leaders to be prepared for attacks across the country in the days before Biden's inauguration.

Donald Trump are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers

The statement added: "Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property". Trump falsely claims he lost because of widespread voting fraud.

Twitter also shut down more than 70,000 accounts affiliated with the conspiracy theory QAnon, believers of which are thought to have been involved in the recent riots.

A lockdown has been imposed on the centre of Washington on Thursday with over 20,000 National Guard personnel deployed ahead of Biden's presidential inauguration.

A recent Federal Bureau of Investigation bulletin obtained by CBS News warns law enforcement agencies moving in to arrest suspects in the deadly Capitol attack to "use caution and consider the use of SWAT when affecting the arrest".

As for the question of what intelligence was there beforehand, D'Antuono said they were aware that people were planning to DC "with intentions to cause violence", referencing the arrest of the head of the Proud Boys prior to the rally.

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