Small Groups Protest at Statehouses Across the United States

Small numbers of far-right protesters — with some armed with rifles — gathered at heavily fortified statehouses across the United States on Jan. 17, nearly two weeks after the pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6.

Small numbers of far-right protesters — with some armed with rifles — gathered at heavily fortified statehouses across the United States on Jan. 17, nearly two weeks after the pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6.

A handful of protesters appeared at state capitol buildings, including Ohio, Texas, Michigan, and Oregon with some claiming to support gun rights and to oppose the government, while a few claimed to support Donald Trump, who was impeached for the second time last Jan. 13 for “incitement of insurrection” over the U.S. Capitol riots that left five dead, including a police office.

The New York Times reported that around 25 members of the Boogaloo Bois, an extremist and anti-government movement, gathered at the statehouses in the states of Ohio, Colorado, and New Hampshire for a planned gun rights rally. Some carried assault rifles and wore military gear.

According to British newspaper The Guardian, Boogaloo Bois were the ones who first promoted the demonstration with the aim for it to take place across all states in the U.S. However, they were the only far-right group to be visible at the protests, gathering outside the Texan capitol in Austin, the Michigan capitol in Lansing, and the Oregon capitol in Salem.

Legislatures across the U.S. increased security by erecting fences and deploying thousands of National Guard Troops, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that violent armed protests may take place.

The protests come ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.


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