A thousand activists hit the streets in downtown Los Angeles to stage anti-war protests days after United States forces killed Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani and deployed more troops to the Middle East.
At the very least 200 individuals held up indicators comparable to "No Struggle or sanctions on Iran..." and "U.S. out of Iraq".
Hours later, a group claiming to be hackers from Iran breached the website of a US government agency and posted messages vowing revenge for the killing of Soleimani.
The U.S. government did not immediately comment on the apparent hack.
"We're not going to see the Iranian government launch war against the us, we're going to see these proxies whether its militias cyber all kinds of problems that they can launch easily", says Lisa Ruth, former Central Intelligence Agency analyst.
"We have never confronted in recent decades the reality of a war with a government of a large country with an worldwide terror network at its behest", the mayor told a news conference.
It was reported that worshippers in Tehran, the capital took to the streets Friday and condemned the killing, chanting "Death to deceitful America". They stomped on pictures of Soleimani and held up signs saying "rot in hell".
As Iran threatened retaliation against the USA, local officials said there was no imminent danger in Southern California, but they would remain vigilant. The Democrat said he believed the USA was now in a "de facto state of war with Iran".
Meanwhile, Los Angeles police and the county sheriff's department said they continued to monitor events in the Middle East, adding that there was no credible threat to the Southland. While DHS has indicated that there are no specific, credible threats against the USA, the CNMI government will continue to monitor any and all threats to the United States homeland and here in the Marianas in collaboration with our federal partners. "This Division is dedicated to making sure the security of our vibrant and numerous group, and we ask each Angeleno to say one thing in case you see one thing".