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FBI Task Force Defuses Violent Protest Planned For Raleigh

Posted June 19, 2004 8:00 a.m. EDT

— A federal investigation into environmental terrorists has ties to the Triangle.

The FBI said it stopped four protests planned for the Southeast, including one in Raleigh.

Local FBI agent Frank Perry told WRAL on Friday that, earlier this month, the Joint Terrorism Task Force found out that several groups planned to engage in potentially violent demonstrations in four cities. Those cities included Raleigh, Greensboro and Fort Lauderdale.

Perry said some of the planning for the demonstrations happened on Web sites and message forums.

One of the groups mentioned was the Environmental Lberation Front, which the FBI said has engaged in environmental terrorism.

According to Perry, the task force was able to diffuse the situation and keep local law enforcement informed every step of the way.

Perry would not say whether demonstrations in the area last week were connected.

Protesters snarled morning traffic in the Research Triangle Park last week.

Investigators shut down part of Cornwallis Road.

Also last Saturday,

the state closed the capitol

and other buildings nearby because of concerns an anti G-8 demonstration would get out of hand.

That demonstration turned out to be peaceful.

Perry said Friday he could not comment on whether anyone has been taken into custody or been charged with any offense. All he said was: "The investigation continues."