Minnesota governor activates National Guard for inauguration day

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WKBT) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday activated the Minnesota National Guard to assist state and local law enforcement after reports of possible armed protests at state capitol buildings.

The reports came in the days after a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol building last week.

“We will always support Minnesotans’ First Amendment rights to peacefully protest, but anyone involved in violent, illegal activity will be held accountable,” said Walz. “We are tracking reports and monitoring the situation closely to enhance our response and change tactics as needed.”

The Minnesota National Guard will work in coordination with other state resources, including the Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers, as well as local law enforcement. In addition to the fence around the Minnesota Capitol that has been in place since last summer, the State Patrol has increased its presence to respond to various threats and prevent unlawful entry into the building and has continued to enhance readiness through training, equipment, and personnel.