FBI warns of plans for nationwide armed protests ahead of Biden inauguration

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An internal FBI bulletin warned that, as of Sunday, the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Mr Biden’s January 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. Investigators believe some of the people are members of some extremist groups, the officials said. The bulletin was first reported by ABC.
 

The FBI said it is preparing for a spike in extremist violence
ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration (AP)

A protester spotted inside the Senate chamber carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs has prompted theories some in the Capitol riot wanted to catch and detain hostages.

A file photo of a protester inside the Senate chamber carrying plastic zip-tie handcuffs prompted theories some in the Capitol riot wanted to catch and detain hostages. (Getty)
“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the bulletin said, according to one official. The officials were not authorised to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
 
The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week. On December 29, it warned of the potential for armed demonstrators targeting legislatures, the second official said.
 
Army General Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters on Monday that the Guard is also looking at any issues across the country,
 
“We’re keeping a look across the entire country to make sure that we’re monitoring, and that our Guards in every state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested.”
 
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Source: 9NEWS
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