The National Guard is being used to keep the peace at a statehouse in Florida, where Republicans are using the government’s powers to keep a seat-of-the-pants legislative session from going awry.
The Guard is deployed to protect the Capitol from a possible uprising that could force the GOP to impeach Gov.
Rick Scott and remove the state from the union.
The incident came on the heels of an anti-government protest in Tallahassee on Thursday.
The protests took place just hours after a white supremacist and neo-Nazi killed nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
President Donald Trump has been harshly criticized for his response to the shootings and the governor, a Republican, has since taken a tougher stance.
“What’s happening in our state is unacceptable,” Gov.
John Bel Edwards said at a press conference on Thursday, referring to the protest.
“I want to send a clear message to our citizens that if you’re not willing to do what’s necessary to protect your people, then you’re going to be held accountable.”
The governor said that if the legislature was not ready to pass legislation to protect those who were in harm’s way, he would resign.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.