WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – 08th October, 2020) Six men have been arrested for allegedly plotting to recruit local militia members as part of a plan to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and overthrow her government, US Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Andrew Birge said in a press conference on Thursday.
The men allegedly conducted surveillance at Whitmer’s vacation home and planned to kidnap and take her to a remote location in the state of Wisconsin to face a trial for treason, according to a court filing.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel added that her office has filed anti-terrorism charges against seven other individuals with links to the Wolverine Watchmen militia group. Nessel said these individuals allegedly attempted to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them and make threats of violence with intentions of instigating a civil war.
Protesters, including some armed with long rifles, gathered in mass demonstrations outside the Michigan capitol building after Whitmer imposed a state-wide lockdown to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).