(Edina, MN) -- The Minnesota Republican Party is calling for peace as state capitols prepare for possible armed protests before the presidential inauguration. G-O-P Chair Jennifer Carnahan says the state party and Republican National Committee condemned "the terrible actions that took place at the United States Capitol." Carnahan said, "we do not and will not ever condone the violent actions we saw last week, and hope to never see them happen again." She says it's time for our country to move forward and work together as Americans. The U-S House impeached President Trump Wednesday on a charge of "incitement of insurrection" in connection with his supporters storming the Capitol building.
Governor Walz also pleaded for peace this weekend.
State officials have approved permits for two events at the Minnesota Capitol this weekend: a Saturday "Freedom Fest" and a smaller Sunday gathering billed as a "Church Service." The Star Tribune reports the applicant for both events is the leader of a group that attracted 500 people to the "Storm the Capitol" rally in Saint Paul last Wednesday, the same day rioters broke into the U-S Capitol. But the paper also reports a Facebook post from the organizing group, Hold the Line MN, warns supporters not to go the Capitol Sunday because "this is an infiltration and set up tactic used to incite violence and blame us."