State officials are not saying much about preparations for an “armed march” planned for the Ohio Statehouse and other state capitols this Sunday.
The Washington Post reports far-right online forums have called members to action ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, and Columbus was specifically mentioned as one of the discussed locations. State officials decline to discuss specific preparations but Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says his office is aware of it.
Stephanie Beougher with the Ohio National Guard says the organization has not been contacted to provide security yet.
“While the Ohio National Guard certainly has open lines of communication with local and state partners should they need assistance, at the current time the Ohio National Guard does not have a request for any kind of support," Beougher says.
The Ohio Highway Patrol, which provides security for the Statehouse, isn’t talking about the situation.
Last Wednesday, on the day of the insurrection in Washington D. C., a violent crowd gathered and at the Ohio Statehouse as well. While no one breached the Statehouse, pro-Trump demonstrators attacked counter-protesters, although no arrests were made.
Warning: Violent clash between pro-Trump/Proud Boys protestors and counter protestor pic.twitter.com/6i8AgyQ1FO
— Karen Kasler (@karenkasler) January 6, 2021