Armed protesters take over Michigan state capitol

United States.- A handful of armed protesters affiliated with right-wing militias began to gather outside the state house of Michigan in Lansing on Sunday, according to reports.

About 20 protesters, including members of the anti-government boogaloo movement, began gathering outside the state capitol shortly after noon, and the crowd was expected to grow, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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The demonstration planned to protest the defeat of the president’s re-election Donald Trump It comes amid a sharp increase in security in Lansing in the wake of the Jan.6 siege of the US Capitol.

The FBI warned of possible attacks on all 50 state capitals when former Vice President Joe Biden takes office Wednesday.

A member of the Boogaloo Bois, an anti-government group, speaks to members of the press in front of the Capitol building. AFP

Michigan capital police said they are prepared to handle crowds of up to 5,000 protesters, Free Press said.

We want to make this a safe environment for people to come here to express their constitutional rights, Michigan State Police Lt. Brian Oleksyk told the newspaper.

“But we are prepared to protect this building, as well as the people who are here,” Oleksyk said.

Armed protesters protest in front of the Michigan State Capitol building. AFP

We will not tolerate any type of violence, any type of destruction of property, any assault on police (or) other people here expressing their constitutional rights, as well as the media.

Authorities said a local militia group called the Southeast Michigan Militia had announced its intentions to protest Sunday but later withdrew, the newspaper said.

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