Boarded up buildings downtown Lansing. The Capitol building looming in the background.

If you don't know what's going on, you might assume that a business went out of business for some reason or another.

Still if you knew a little bit about the pandemic, you'd assume another business closed because of the economy and jobs being cut and restrictions.

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But no.

MSU Federal Credit Union, MLive next to it, Abood Law Firm and several others (not all mind you) have decided to board up their windows and doorways.

Not because they are going out of business or the pandemic.

Because of the threat of violence and insurrection stemming from events that happened the first week of 2021.

Rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol and the fallout has been far reaching. The threat of violence at all 50 U.S. Capitols.

Here in Lansing, this building has been the epicenter of several events.

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Protests on these very steps and in this very building have made national headlines.

From the fallout of the death of George Floyd to the blockade of the streets because of the Governor's lockdown, this building and these steps have seen a lot of action the past few months.

In anticipation of looming and threatened violence ahead of, and possibly the day of the inauguration, downtown is on lockdown.

The photos in the gallery below were taken Monday afternoon (on MLK Day). There is a lot of chain link fence, plywood, and police presence downtown.

I haven't seen stuff boarded up like this unless it was in preparation for a hurricane.

And then I'm reminded that I have seen it like this. Right here as a matter of fact. Back in June.

Pray for our city and our country. And for peace.

Chain Links and Plywood Downtown Lansing Before the Inauguration

Downtown Lansing After The Violence