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Law enforcement agencies across the nation are preparing for an uprising following Inauguration day, according to Fox News.
“[S]ome 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 Dec. 29, 2020 memo states.
Members of the anti-government, pro-gun “boogaloo” movement advocate for a second civil war or the collapse of society.
The FBI said in a subsequent statement that the agency “is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve.”
“As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our partners,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property.”
From Fox News:
Members of the anti-government, pro-gun “boogaloo” movement advocate for a second civil war or the collapse of society, and they don’t adhere to a coherent political philosophy. They often wear Hawaiian shirts and tactical gear and carry high-powered rifles.
The loose movement uses a 1980s movie sequel as a code word for a second civil war. Its name comes from the panned 1984 movie “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” which has become slang for any bad sequel.
Another derivation of “boogaloo” is “big luau” — hence the Hawaiian clothing. Far-right gun activists and militia groups first embraced the term before white supremacist groups adopted it last year.
While some “boogaloo” followers maintain they aren’t genuinely advocating for violence, law enforcement officials say they have foiled bombing and shooting plots by people who have connections to the movement or at least used its terminology, according to The Associated Press.
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