Gov. DeSantis activates National Guard due to possible protests

Osceola deputies have said they are ready to assist in Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday night activating the Florida National Guard in response to possible protests this weekend.

The order states the National Guard will work with local law enforcement.

The order will remain in effect until Jan. 24.

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Earlier on Friday, Osceola County Sheriff Marcos Lopez said he has deputies reading and waiting to be deployed in Tallahassee if they are needed.

Sheriff Marco Lopez said he has 56 deputies ready to go.

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Investigators said they are ready if there is unrest the weekend before President Joe-Biden’s inauguration.

Governor Ron DeSantis calls in the Florida National Guard to protect against possible protests.

Locally in Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer told News 6 he continues to monitor any reports of possible protests.

“We don’t have very much traffic that would suggest that we’re going to have many issues here, but we’re prepared in the event that we do,” he said.

State Capitols across the country are making security preparations due to the possible protests over Biden’s inauguration

Earlier this week, the Associated Press reports the FBI warned the public about the potential for violence at all state capitols, and investigators are tracing concerning online charter.

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The AP reports some investigators in the FBI are also on alert for armed protests.

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