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'Armed protests' warning puts officials on alert this weekend ahead of Biden inauguration

January 16, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Security surrounds the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Law enforcement and state officials are on high alert for potentially violent protests this weekend in the lead-up to Inauguration Day, with some state capitols boarded up and others temporarily closed ahead of Wednesday's ceremony.

(CNN)Law enforcement and state officials are on high alert for potentially violent protests in the lead-up to Inauguration Day, with some state capitols boarded up and others temporarily closed ahead of Wednesday's ceremony.

The FBI says it has received information warning of "armed protests" in all 50 state capitols beginning Saturday and the US Capitol in Washington, DC, beginning Sunday, ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's swearing-in.

"In light of the storming of the US Capitol on 6 January, planned events in Washington, DC, in the lead up to and day of Inauguration Day offer continued opportunities for violence targeting public officials, government buildings, and federal and local law enforcement," it reads.

The Department of Homeland Security said Friday that Biden's inauguration rehearsal would be delayed one day to Monday due to online chatter about Sunday, but said there are "no specific credible threats. "

Facebook said Friday evening that it would prevent repeat violators of its policies from streaming live videos or creating events, groups or pages through Inauguration Day. In addition, Facebook is banning the creation of new event pages tied geographically to Washington and state capitols, the company announced in a blog post.

"Every state, territory and the District of Columbia will have National Guard men and women supporting the inauguration," the statement said.

"But most of all, Americans should be assured that the Guard is out here in support of the lead federal agency -- the United States Secret Service -- and that the 59th Presidential Inauguration will be peaceful," he said.

The Michigan State Police is mobilizing personnel from across the state to secure the Capitol ahead of planned protests, including one on Sunday, the agency said in a statement Friday.

In New York, state police have taken steps "to harden security in and around the State Capitol in Albany. " And in California, more than 1,000 National Guard troops have been deployed and fencing has been erected around the Capitol after what the governor called an "unconscionable assault on our Republic. "

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