Members of the National Guard are gathering at the Visitors’ Center to strengthen security in the Capitol building on January 13, 2021 in Washington.
A few days after President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed it, members of the US Congress occupied the seat of the US Congress. In response to last Wednesday’s events, they will now patrol here 24 hours a day, and at the inauguration of incoming President Joe Biden, there could be as many as 20,000 of them in Washington, Reuters reported.
The reinforced security measures at the Chapter also include a fence about two meters high. While some of the deployed guards patrolled along the fence or in other posts, those who were free filled the Capitol corridors on Wednesday and rested, for example, under the bust of the first US President George Washington or a portrait of the 16th, Abraham Lincoln.
These non-traditional scenes evoked embarrassing and emotional reactions among journalists and other commentators. “I wish I could describe what it’s like to be on Capitol Hill now. Armed soldiers everywhere, fencing along the entire perimeter, soldiers in uniforms take a break in places where normal children would wait for school parades. Most of all, this is the saddest, “said CNN reporter Ryan Nobles.
“Things have gone so far that Capitol Hill currently needs the presence of an army 24/7,” political analyst Frank Luntz wrote on Twitter. He said the measures were regrettable but necessary.
Last Wednesday, when the protection of the Congress building was not so strong, hundreds of rioters managed to penetrate, which had to cause the discussion of the results of the presidential election to be suspended. Security forces are now preparing for the possibility of further violence, especially in connection with the inauguration of Trump’s successor Joe Biden.
Washington police chief Robert Conteo said on Wednesday that more than 20,000 members of the National Guards are expected to be deployed next Wednesday in the US capital and its immediate vicinity. According to The New York Times, it is not clear how much of them will be armed. However, the federal government has allowed the armament of those guards who will guard the Capitol.
Members of the National Guard in the visitor center to strengthen security in the Capitol building on January 13, 2021 in Washington
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