(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Federal authorities are tracking multiple threats of riots, violence and demonstrations in the week leading up to Inauguration Day, January 20.
Authorities tell ABC News that at least 10 demonstrations or protest are being planned in Washington D.C. alone, with some organizers calling for a “Week of Siege,” according to a law enforcement source.
With the U.S. House of Representatives passing a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, a historic second time, federal authorities expressed concern of potentially violent elements and said rioters have already been emboldened by the successful breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, January 6.
Authorities also cite the shooting death of Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump protestor who was climbing through a window into a room near lawmakers, has also emboldened extremists.
In addition, right-wing extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, have expressed sentiments to “capture and detain” Democratic politicians and start a new government.
Because of the rising tensions and threats, up to 20,000 National Guardsmen have been activated to provide security in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day.
President Trump has since posted a video to Twitter under the White House’s official account calling for peace.
“I want to be very clear — I unequivocally condemn the violence that we saw last week, violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country, and no place in our movement,” the president said.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 13, 2021