Jan, 12th 2020 – The FBI has warned of the possibility of armed protests being held across the US in the days before Joe Biden is sworn in as president. There are reports of armed groups planning to gather at all 50 state capitols and in Washington DC in the run-up to his 20 January inauguration.
The fears come as security plans are hardened for the event itself. Security officials are however resolute, there will be no repeat of the breach seen on 6th January when pro trump protestors raided the capital. Both the vice president and president-elect will be sworn in outside the capitol building following the vandalism.
This is the letter @SenGillibrand @MartinHeinrich and I sent to the Acting Sec. of Defense today. On Jan 6 it took 4.5 hours before the U.S. military arrived to defend the Capitol. That is not acceptable and we request a full accounting of what needs to change. pic.twitter.com/XZKiOqbA4R— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 11, 2021
Mr. Biden and his vice president elect Kamala Harris are expected to be sworn in at the Capitol in a ceremony. Biden team has urged Americans to avoid traveling to the capital due to the covid-19 pandemic.
FBI warnings are in state for all state capitals from the 16th to the 20th of January and for Washington DC at least three days before the inauguration. Local police agencies have been told by federal law enforcements to enhance their security at statehouse.
On the other hand, companies and social media networks are cracking down against users and websites seen to be encouraging violence. Twitter says that it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts which promoted the Q-Anon conspiracy theory. Facebook has also said that it will ban any content referring to Stop the Steal, which is a slogan associated with Mr. Trumps allegations to the election being rigged.
Speaking while getting his second Covid-19 vaccine, Mr. Biden said that he is not afraid to take his oath of office outside despite security fears.