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Whitmer activates National Guard ahead of planned armed protests at Capitol this weekend

Michigan National Guard
Posted at 9:28 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 13:13:26-05

(WSYM) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has activated the Michigan National Guard ahead of planned armed protests at the Capitol building this weekend.

Related: FBI closely watching plans for armed protests at Michigan Capitol building this weekend

Lansing City Officials confirm to us that the National Guard has been activated, and it comes just two days after a request by the Lansing City Council.

Thousands of National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington D.C. ahead of planned protests there as well.

Earlier this week, the FBI issued a bulletin that warned of protests at state capitols throughout the country.

The FBI is warning that armed protesters could be gathering in Lansing, one of several state Capitol buildings the FBI is watching especially closely, along with those in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Lansing Police, Michigan State Police, the FBI, National Guard and more provided an update ahead of the protests. Watch it below.\

Law enforcement prepares for planned protests this weekend