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Gov. Ron DeSantis activates Florida National Guard ahead of planned protests at Capitol

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Members of the National Guard line up before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference at C.B. Smith Park Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Pembroke Pines, Fla. The park will be used for a drive thru COVID-19 testing facility. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida National Guard in advance of potentially violent protests at the state Capitol.

DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-11 Friday evening, hours after Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey requested this action headed into next week’s inauguration and the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The order is effective until Jan. 24, “or such time as the assistance to state and local government authorities is complete.”