The inauguration of Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, ended without complications, with major protests not taking place in front of the legislatures in individual US states, the AP agency reported.
According to reporters of the public television PBS, at the time of Biden’s inauguration, the area around the Congress headquarters was quiet, with only journalists and a handful of supporters of the new president watching the broadcast on mobile phones in the streets around the government district. Unlike previous inaugurations, the Americans could not watch the action from the area in front of the Capitol due to fears of a covid-19 pandemic, which was compounded by fears of further unrest following the attack of Trump supporters on Congress headquarters two weeks ago.
In recent days, some members of far-right groups have threatened to try to disrupt Biden’s inauguration. However, the only small demonstration met at Union Station, according to Reuters. However, the entire area around Congress is guarded by thousands of armed members of the National Guard, who have erected kilometers of iron fences around the city center.
Biden took the oath in a barricaded city – authorities closed several bridges or subway stations in downtown Washington, and a makeshift checkpoint grew at intersections. Some intercity buses and trains also do not run.
Police in the hours before the inauguration intercepted “disturbing internet interviews” in which some people agreed on plans to disrupt the action, the AP agency reported. Some proponents of QAnon’s conspiracy theory have also expressed disappointment in Internet forums that Trump did not announce at the last minute the arrest of top Democratic politicians for sexual offenses and did not seize power for another four-year term, as the theory assumed.
According to the AP, the calm was also in front of the buildings of the legislatures of individual American states, where the authorities also feared possible armed clashes. Less than a dozen proponents of Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that Biden won the election by fraud have appeared in the capitals of New Hampshire and Michigan. The only person in the California metropolis of Sacramento appeared with a characteristic red cap with the words Make America Great Again, which was one of Trump’s key election slogans. A similar situation prevailed in Georgia and Nebraska.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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