SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. — In a statement released this evening, Utah Governor Spencer Cox declared a State of Emergency in preparation for potential protests at the Utah State Capitol this weekend. Previously, the National Guard had been placed on standby status; this evening’s declaration reflects a now-increased level of protection and resources directed toward public safety.
“We respect the right of Utah residents to peaceably assemble as guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution,” Cox said in his statement. “But we draw the line at threats to physical safety or to the Utah Capitol building. No violence of any kind will be tolerated.”
The order states that “the planned siege on the Utah State Capitol may result in loss of life, human suffering, and public or private property damage.” It takes effect on Friday and applies to the Capitol Hill area.