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FBI seeks tips on potential violence in Oregon

The FBI is asking people to submit tips if they’ve heard of any plans for violence at protests and events in Oregon.

People can call the FBI in Oregon at 503-224-4181 or the national number at 1-800-225-5324. Information can also be submitted at tips.fbi.gov.

The FBI’s Portland field office — working with Oregon State Police and all other local state and federal partners — is preparing for any violent activity related to recent unrest in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, the FBI said in a press release.

“Given the unrest at the United States Capitol Jan. 6, 2021, we are maintaining a heightened posture to monitor for any emerging threats to our region. We are focused on identifying, investigating and disrupting individuals who were involved in the siege of the U.S. Capitol and/or those who may continue to incite violence and engage in criminal activity here locally,” the FBI release said.

Thousands of protesters surrounded the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6 after a rally with President Donald Trump, who falsely claims he is the real winner of the presidential election. Many broke into the building and attacked police, forcing members of Congress to flee and disrupting the counting of electoral votes.

Congress returned after the building was cleared of violent protesters and certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

The FBI is seeking information to help it identify individuals who instigated violence at the U.S. Capitol building and surrounding area. To view photos of suspects, see fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence.

Anyone with information about the individuals can contact the FBI.

The Oregon Capitol in Salem was also the scene of protests Jan. 6 as Trump supporters gathered to protest Congress’s certification of Biden as the winner. They clashed with counter-protesters.

The FBI has warned the nation to stay on alert for potential violence, especially as Biden’s inauguration nears Jan. 20.

The Oregon National Guard is being deployed to supplement law enforcement.

The FBI in Oregon is running a command post to gather intelligence and coordinate with law enforcement partners on potential threats.

“We also have special agents, bomb technicians, the FBI Evidence Response Team, tactical teams, intelligence teams, and others to support investigations and counter any potential threat of violence to the state capitol, federal buildings and our shared community,” the FBI said in the statement.

Oregon has been buffeted by political and social protests throughout 2020 and into the new year.

Portland was disrupted by a long string of protests by people angry about the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed in May 2020 by a white Minneapolis police officer who knelt on his neck even after Floyd became unresponsive. Four police officers are facing charges in the case.

While most protesters in Portland were peaceful, some resorted to violence, property destruction, looting and attacks on police.

Racial justice protests and counter-protests in Southern Oregon did not lead to violence or looting.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, pro-Trump and anti-mask demonstrators hold a rally outside the Oregon State Capitol as legislators meet for an emergency session in Salem, Ore. During the protest Republican lawmaker, Rep. Mike Nearman, physically opened the Capitol's door — letting protesters, who clashed with police, gain access to the building. There have been calls for Nearman to resign ahead of the upcoming 2021 Legislative session that begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)