Seven people linked to a far-right militia have been arrested and charged with planning the kidnapping and possible murder of the Governor of Michigan (USA), Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, as reported by federal authorities.
A federal court in Michigan has formally charged them Thursday with conspiring to carry out the kidnapping of the governor and other officials, thereby they face a life sentence.
The seven members of the militia had acquired weapons, carried out surveillance of the governor at her home and had trained to kidnap or assassinate her along with other members of the Michigan state government. before the November 3 elections.
As stated at a press conference by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, the defendants belonged to the “Wolverine Watchman” militia, they intended to instigate a civil war in the country and face charges related to terrorism and conspiracy to commit a kidnapping.
The members’ plan, which had been infiltrated by informants from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was try her for “treason” in a den in a remote part of Wisconsin and they did not rule out ending his life.
He was born in summer with the intention of creating a self-sufficient militia
The group was born this summer after a meeting with more than a dozen people in Ohio who intended to create a self-sufficient military, according to the local newspaper. Detroit Free Press.
In July, the defendants planned to kidnap or kill the governor at her vacation home on the island of Mackinac, Michigan, as they considered that to take the state Capitol, something that was part of their plans, required more than 200 militiamen. Group members They tried to get maps and plans of the vacation home of the governor to execute the plan this October.
Governor Whitmer has been the criticized by conservative groups and far-right militias since he decided to impose the closure of commercial activity and agglomerations in the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Groups of armed militia members decided to protest this spring before the state Capitol against the governor and against what they considered a violation of her constitutional rights.