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Extremist groups accidentally call for armed rally at Anchorage shopping mall instead of Juneau Capitol

Over the weekend, far-right extremist groups supporting President Trump’s false claims of election fraud called for an armed rally at an Anchorage shopping mall, confusing the Dimond Center Mall with the Dimond Courthouse located across the street from the Alaska State Capitol Building. The Dimond Center Mall is located at 800 E Dimond Blvd, in Anchorage. The Dimond Courthouse is located over 570 miles away, at 123 4th Street, in Juneau. The mall is named after Anthony Dimond, an Alaska territorial delegate to the US House of Representatives, and the courthouse is named after Dimond’s son, Alaska Supreme Court Justice John Dimond. Posts on the Tree of Liberty and far-right Boogaloo Boys websites call for “Refuse to be Silenced” rallies at all US State Capitol buildings on January 17th. FBI internal memos have warned of plans by armed groups to commit violence at US State capitols on that day.

The mistake caused confusion and alarm for staff of the Dimond Center shopping mall, which decided to close the mall on January 17th.

Dimond Center Mall general manager Bob Dye told the Landmine that he first received notice of the planned event on Saturday night. He contacted APD on Sunday and federal authorities on Monday. According to Dye, the Dimond Center is still waiting for confirmation from law enforcement that the location of the event was a mistake.

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“The thing is, who in a million years would have ever expected to see Capitol Hill breached and six people.. five or six people killed? You know, it’s really because of that event that we took this much more seriously,” Dye said. “It’s… what’s the saying? Fortune favors the prepared. And I’d much rather have gone through the effort than ignored it and had a serious or even catastrophic event at the mall had we discounted this and not pursued it.”

The Tree of Liberty website does not contain updated information on the status of the Anchorage rally, but one comment on the event post reads, “Pretty sure the capital to Alaska is in Juneau.”

Update: The Alaska Landmine has obtained an email from one of the event organizers, the far-right group Tree of Liberty, confirming that the listed event location had been a mistake.

Correction: An earlier version of this article mistakenly claimed that both the Dimond Center Mall and Dimond Courthouse were named after Alaska territorial delegate and early advocate of Alaska statehood Anthony Dimond. The Dimond Courthouse is named in honor of Anthony Dimond’s son, Justice John Dimond, who served on the Alaska Supreme Court from 1959 to 1971.

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Susi
7 days ago

CORRECTION, please. The Dimond Courthouse in Juneau was named NOT for Anthony Dimond but for Justice John Dimond who served as an Alaska Supreme Court Justice after statehood and became Chief Justice. Anthony Dimond was his father.

MAG
6 days ago
Reply to  Paxson Woelber

Please change your wording from false to true. Thank you for correcting your poor use of pre-judging. I can see independence is not your forte!

Reverentsentinel
6 days ago
Reply to  MAG

Please get a map

Big E
6 days ago
Reply to  Paxson Woelber

Thought you were being smart in correcting those fine patriots, and then you F- it up yourself…
good job.

Reverentsentinel
6 days ago
Reply to  Big E

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Scott Christiansen
7 days ago

I miss the good old days when the sovereign citizens would just get a booth at the farthest north Denny’s and convene a common law kangaroo court

Bill Alex
6 days ago

Yes Sir !!!! Now the kangaroo court is called the Democrat Party or growing Socialism !,

Reverentsentinel
6 days ago
Reply to  Bill Alex

“Well, ding-dang, don’t them folks know that betraying the country and all of its people is really the best way forward!? Din we ardy dun shows dem houtta’ do that!? ” “Let’s go show dem little-ol’-ladies at duh shoppin’ mall whoops da’ boss-man!” 😂

Ernest Tropy
7 days ago

I, for one, am SO very proud that Alaska now has our very own “Four Seasons (total landscaping)“ moment in the sun. There is no more fitting tribute to the 45th president than a futile, mis-informed “protest” at the wrong location supporting a baseless lie. This is absolutely in keeping with the hallowed traditions of Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, and the endless incompetence of his administration

Jack eiler
7 days ago
Reply to  Ernest Tropy

Yep, living here in philly Four Seasons landscaping rules. Are the trumpsters opening a branch?

Jody seitz
6 days ago
Reply to  Ernest Tropy

Agree. It’s perfect.

Bill Alex
6 days ago
Reply to  Ernest Tropy

MAGA 2020 my friend !

Reverentsentinel
6 days ago
Reply to  Bill Alex

Really glad it is 2021 now. Maggats r smelly.

7 days ago

Seems likely to me. If they are supporting Republicans like Giuliani. He picked a landscape business instead of the Marriott Hotel to give a press conference.

Lynn Willis
7 days ago

Ready! Fire! Aim!

Reverentsentinel
6 days ago
Reply to  Lynn Willis

“Hey, nobody said anything about runnin’ and climbin’ when I first joined this-here outfit! I thought we could do this from the couch with a beer, and some tater-chips!” 🤣

Roger H
7 days ago

My guess is they aren’t from around here… Pretty sure everyone here knows the diamond center in anchorage is a mall, and the capitol is in Juneau.

Caro Harris
6 days ago
Reply to  Roger H

You’re right.
I believe the radical group disperse their rioters to every state of the union.
Not from around here!

ThankU for that!

Betsy d.
1 day ago
Reply to  Roger H

I’m pretty sure anyone from around here would know it’s called the Dimond Center and not the “diamond center.”

Grendel
7 days ago

This sure does seem like trying to hard. I’m guessing the author has no problem with the reasons Juneau is the capital? A protest at a mall actually makes more sense. Media covers that.

Besides nothing is more fun than watching hand wringing from an antigun establishment who’s security is unarmed….

Peter Dubbins
6 days ago
Reply to  Grendel

Grendel is two funny.

Brian
6 days ago
Reply to  Grendel

I don’t need to play army on the weekend with my guns. I have the National Guard on my team. Good luck next week at the Capitol !

Reverentsentinel
6 days ago
Reply to  Brian

+

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Jake Simonson
6 days ago

I’m pretty sure the capital to Alaska should have been phrased, the capital of Alaska.

Brian
6 days ago
Reply to  Jake Simonson

You are correct. There are a lot of geniuses in the MAGA movement.

MAG
6 days ago
Reply to  Brian

Antifa and BLM are not Pro Trump genius. Typical babble from a Pro Lisa (‘Mail-in’) Murkowski Alaskan.

Bill Alex
6 days ago
Reply to  MAG

Nice !

Reverentsentinel
6 days ago
Reply to  MAG

ANTIFA and BLM share the same goal…expose race-hating Nazi roaches to the light of day. Good folks!

RG Geiger
6 days ago

Other than the Diamond error, (which you quickly corrected when it was pointed out) this is a great “just the facts” article we need more of. Too bad it’s being used as a forum for more hate, which we do not need in the public square.

RG Geiger
6 days ago
Reply to  RG Geiger

Consider adding a paypal link for donations. I don’t give out credit card info. Paypal is the only one who has that and for folks who participate it’s fast and easy for me.

JACOB
6 days ago
Reply to  RG Geiger

Your the type of person who should be banned from the public square.

Bill Alex
6 days ago
Reply to  RG Geiger

Thank you !

JACOB
6 days ago

Hey I know the bar for a journalist is really low these days but can you at least link to the evidence your citing? What are the odds this thread your using to write this article has only 2 or 3 out of staters talking about alaska. Pretty damn high.

Bill Alex
6 days ago
Reply to  JACOB

I second that motion !

Mo
6 days ago

Hey, skeptical commenters claiming “false flag”: out-of-staters would’ve actually had to look up the proper address. But keep trying to blame anyone else for the continuing illiteracy of your heroes.

Bill Alex
6 days ago
Reply to  Mo

Wow! Who was your hero – Benedict Arnold ?

Christopher Stuart
6 days ago

Lol at false claims…It was BS and everyone with a brain knows it…

The Alaska Poaster
5 days ago

Anytime “far-right extremist groups” stage an “armed protest” several things are usually true: 1) The entire event is a live-action role-play, or LARP. 2) Most of the people involved are either paid informants or undercover feds. 3) It serves as a honeypot operation designed to trap confused people into filling arrest quotas. 4) The optics are meant to frighten normies into further consenting to increased infringements on their constitutional rights. Please note that the term “far-right” can be freely exchanged with any of the following terms: white supremacist religious Muslim or Islamic Also, the term “armed protest” may also be… Read more »

Anne Terry
4 days ago

This is a prime example of why the FBI always gets their man.