Armed demonstrators gather at Ohio statehouse as Inauguration Day looms
17th January 2021

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Armed demonstrators gathered at the Ohio State Capitol on Sunday afternoon, as statehouses around the country stepped up security to confront the possibility of civil unrest ahead of Inauguration Day.

About 50 protestors, some armed with assault weapons and other firearms, escorted a “Liberty or Death” flag to the statehouse in Columbus at 11 a.m., according to USA Today.

Ohio is an open-carry state, meaning licensed owners can display their weapons.

The crowd included both supporters of President Trump and counter-protestors, at least one of whom carried a Black Lives Matters flag, according to local station WBNS.

By 2:30 p.m., most of them had left.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol told the CBS affiliate that as of midafternoon, no arrests had been made.

Gov. Mike DeWine authorized the deployment of up to 580 National Guard members to secure government buildings in the Buckeye State leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to USA Today. 

Two hundred miles away, a handful of armed protesters affiliated with right-wing militias gathered at the Lansing, MI statehouse Sunday afternoon.

No violence has been reported.

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