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Gov. Walz to call up National Guard to protect Minnesota Capitol from possible threats

It comes after threats have been reportedly been made ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration.
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A 'Stop the Steal' rally in St. Paul on Dec. 5.

A 'Stop the Steal' rally in St. Paul on Dec. 5.

Gov. Tim Walz has said he will be activating the Minnesota National Guard amid reports of possible threats towards the Minnesota Capitol as the fallout from the U.S. Capitol insurrection continues.

The Capitol building in St. Paul has been named in an FBI report as one of the possible locations for right-wing extremist violence ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as president on Jan. 20.

The FBI memo first reported by Yahoo News Monday mentioned that Minnesota could be a target for extremists from the "Boogaloo" movement, saying it was aware of a "credible threat" at the Capitol on Jan. 17.

On Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported that the same report noted that members of the Boogaloo movement had attended rallies at the State Capitol in. December "to identify escape points and defensible positions in the event violence occurred."

They also scouted general law enforcement presence, with one of them suggesting that "the building with the snipers would need to be blown up" in the event of a shootout with law enforcement.

Walz said he would be activating the guard to protect against any possible violence at the capitol. He has activated the guard several times in response to possible unrest in recent months, after being criticized for leaving it too late to bring the National Guard in in response to the Minneapolis riots in May.

The guard will have a presence in St. Paul for several days in the lead-up to Biden's Inauguration, and said the State Patrol and other police will be at the Capitol building.

Per MPR's Brian Bakst, he said that their presence shouldn't prevent people from exercising their 1st Amendment rights, as long as they do so peacefully.

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