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Mon Jan 18, 2021, 05:42 AM

Scant turnout again at State Capitol under watch of large security presence

The Minnesota State Capitol will remain on lockdown with a significant law enforcement presence for the next several days even after two weekend events by supporters of President Donald Trump remained small and peaceful.

"Increased security measures will continue at least through the presidential inauguration," Bruce Gordon, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety (DPS), said Sunday.

The two days of quiet came after authorities had warned people to steer clear of the Capitol in the wake of Minnesota and federal law enforcement reports of possible violent protests at state capitols around the country, coming 11 days after the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.

Many state capitols across the country saw a smattering of demonstrators, but most were vastly outnumbered by law enforcement and journalists. A few states like Michigan and Ohio had larger groups show up, some affiliating themselves with the far-right Boogaloo Bois movement, according to USA Today.

Read more: https://www.startribune.com/scant-turnout-again-at-state-capitol-under-watch-of-large-security-presence/600011809/

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