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COMMUNITY SAFETY ALERT: CAIR Urges Muslim Community to Avoid State Capitol Buildings, Surrounding Areas Due to Threat of Far-Right, White Supremacist Violence in Lead-Up to Inauguration Day

(WASHINGTON, D.C, 1/12/2021) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today advised community members nationwide to stay vigilant in state capital cities from now until the end of the presidential inauguration due to threat of far-right, white supremacist violence and armed protests at all 50 state capitals leading up to and on Inauguration Day. 

A report obtained by Yahoo News warns that “some followers indicated willingness to commit violence in support of their ideology, created contingency plans in the event violence occurred at the events, and identified law enforcement security measures and possible countermeasures.”  

The report also cites evidence of credible threats related to January 17 at the state capitol buildings in Michigan and Minnesota. Members of the far-right boogaloo movement say there will be a nationwide “armed march” on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and all 50 state capitols on January 17. 

SEE: FBI Warns of Potential Boogaloo Violence During Jan.17 Rallies  

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fbi-warns-boogaloo-violence_n_5ffc8832c5b63642b6fdf46a

Boogaloo is a loosely connected anti-government movement that has included some white nationalist groups who believe in an “accelerationist” ideology that encourages sparking civil disorder to eventually foment the breakdown of the entire political system.”   

SEE: The “Boogaloo Movement,” Explained  

https://www.vox.com/2020/6/8/21276911/boogaloo-explained-civil-war-protests

“Due to credible threats of violence in the coming week, we urge all members of the Muslim community to stay extra vigilant and avoid their state capitol buildings and surrounding areas until after the Inauguration of President Biden,” said CAIR Research & Advocacy Coordinator Huzaifa Shahbaz. “We also encourage faith leaders to review and enhance the security of houses of worship, particularly those located in state capitals.” 

He urged mosques and other Islamic institutions to take measures outlined in CAIR’s “Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety” booklet. Advice offered in CAIR’s security publication is applicable to all institutions, regardless of organizational mission. 

CAIR: Best Practices for Mosque and Community Safety 

BACKGROUND 

On January 6, CAIR condemned the attack on the U.S. Capitol as an act of “violent insurrection” and called on the government to do more to protect those in harm’s way. CAIR also encouraged both Republican and Democratic party leaders to demand President Trump’s immediate resignation from office for inciting the violence and impeach him if he refuses to step down. The violence at the Capitol resulted in the first time Congress had been breached since the war of 1812, leaving five dead, including one Capitol Hill police officer. 

SEE: CAIR Condemns Attack on U.S. Capitol as ‘Violent Insurrection,’ Calls on President Trump to Resign or Face Impeachment 

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cair-condemns-attack-on-us-capitol-as-violent-insurrection-calls-on-president-trump-to-resign-or-face-impeachment-301202359.html

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.     

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.     

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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