American Muslims are requested to be ‘extra vigilant’ in wake of Capitol riot

A leading Muslim-American civil rights and advocacy group urged Muslims to remain “extra vigilant” until the end of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid a threat of white supremacist violence.

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Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)  requested security to be enhanced in mosques as the threat posed by white supremacists in all 50 states during the Capitol Hill attacks, threatens further violence targeted towards Muslims. 

According to reports by CNN and BBC, the FBI is anticipating possible violence from President Donald Trump’s supporters and has put in place contingency plans in the event of major disturbances.

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On the 6th of January, 2021, furious Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol Building, marching through legislative chambers. The riot forced a halt to congressional deliberations over challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Members of the movement say there will be a nationwide “armed march” on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and all 50 state capitals on 17 January.

Lawmakers have also been briefed by security officials on additional threats ahead of Biden’s inauguration on 20 January.