Indiana Statehouse closing ahead of possible protests

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Statehouse complex will be closed to the public through Wednesday and state legislative meetings next week are canceled because of possible protests related to next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

The governor’s office and the FBI both said Friday that officials had no credible threats against the Statehouse. Downtown Indianapolis businesses have been warned about a protest planned for Sunday afternoon involving perhaps more than 100 people.

Demonstrations are expected at state capitols across the country beginning Sunday and leading up to Biden’s succession of President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

The Indiana Statehouse and the nearby state office buildings will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday in addition to its scheduled closure over the weekend and then Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the governor’s office said.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said in a statement that state officials “decided to err on the side of caution” in closing the buildings.

Legislative leaders have also canceled all committee and session meetings for next week and directed legislative staffers to work remotely until being told to return to their offices.

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