Has a Riot Bloomed Into an Insurrection?
Before volcanoes erupt there's normally plenty of warning. The volcano goes from dormant to active in stages. Precursors include an increase in the frequency and intensity of earthquakes, steaming or "fumarolic" activity, swelling of the ground surface, that sort of thing. It can go on for days and doesn't always culminate in an eruption but, when that occurs, it follows warning signs. Civil unrest can follow a similar pattern of escalation.
The riot that led to the storming of the Capitol building on January 6th may have signaled worse things to come. The riot may be turning into an insurrection.Militia groups involved in the 6 January insurrection want to stage another attack around Joe Biden’s upcoming address to Congress, aiming to “blow up” the complex and kill lawmakers, the acting chief of the US Capitol police, [Yogananda Pittman] has warned.
“We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible,” Pittman said.
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are tracking closely far-right online chatter for early warnings on any possible repeat attacks in Washington or other cities. In addition to Biden’s upcoming congressional address, law enforcement will also be on alert on the days leading up to 4 March – the date set by the extreme conspiracy theory QAnon for Trump to return to Washington to start a second term as president.
Followers of the crank movement have been growing increasingly agitated by the fantasy around Trump’s comeback on 4 March, the date on which US presidents were originally inaugurated.