All was basically quiet around Georgia’s state Capitol Sunday. That is the contrast to the scene of barricades and other security measures in place all around the building, as law enforcement authorities braced for possible armed protests.
Channel 2 Action News reported no more than a small handful of armed protesters who showed up through the day. There were no incidents. Streets around the state Capitol were re-opening.
Going into Sunday, at least one state-based militia told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution there would be a protest at the Capitol. There had also been chatter of a possible march through parts of Midtown Atlanta.
Saturday night, U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga. tweeted to her followers “to mobilize and make your voices heard in opposition to these attacks on our liberties.” That tweet was deleted.
Earlier, Channel 2 Action News reported Georgia National Guardsmen were holding positions around Capitol Square, with a security zone stretching out for blocks. Parking anywhere around the Capitol and City Hall is blocked off.
One of the security measures included a block of access to Capitol Avenue via Memorial Drive.
Over the past week, the FBI sent notice that there were plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals as well as Washington D.C.
In D.C., there is an unprecedented presence of National Guard troops in the city, with expectations of around 25,000 to be in place by the time the presidential inauguration arrives Wednesday.