Gov. DeWine calls on Ohio National Guard to protect statehouse, US Capitol in event of inauguration protests

Gov. DeWine calls on Ohio National Guard to protect statehouse, US Capitol in event of inauguration protests
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The governor announced on Tuesday that he has activated hundreds of Ohio National Guard members in the days leading up to the presidential inauguration.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order came as the FBI warned of the potential for armed protests planned in the capitals of all 50 states. It also follows the deadly riots involving supporters of President Donald Trump that took place last week in Washington, D.C.

“People have the right to protest. They do not have the right to hurt other people,” Gov. DeWine said on Tuesday while acknowledging reports of protests planned at the Ohio Statehouse. “We welcome peaceful protesters, but we saw what happened at the Capitol, so we are concerned.”

According to the governor, 580 Ohio National Guard members will be activated, with approximately 200 of those expected to travel to the nation’s capital for the inaugural events.

The order is in effect from Jan. 14 to Jan. 21.

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