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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