It was supposed to be the start of a wave of protests that lasted until the inauguration of Joe Biden as the new president of the United States, but at the time of the truth only a few dozen people came out to the streets to denounce non-existent electoral fraud. At the close of this edition, the incidents had been minimal and the police forces protecting their state legislatures outnumbered the protesters.
Washington and the capitals of many states (especially those where the election result was tighter and where Donald Trump centered his allegations of fraud) were armored yesterday. More than 10,000 units of the National Guard were deployed in the federal capital (a figure that will grow to 25,000 by tomorrow) and at least twelve other states had also activated the troops of their respective National Guards to protect the its Capitolis. Supporters of the outgoing president had pointed to the congresses of the 50 states as the new target of their protests, in a kind of decentralized replica of the King’s Day assault on the Washington Capitol.
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“We are ready for anything. We will not tolerate any act of violence, “Connecticut National Guard agent Pedro Muniz told Reuters, where about 2,000 trumpeters were expected to try to storm the Capitol. The FBI had warned that far-right demonstrations could take place across the country with armed and emboldened participants following the January 6 events.
However, until last night (in the afternoon, in the US) most of the agents deployed by the country had had very little work. The large presence of law enforcement is likely to deter protesters, but it should also be noted that since the assault on the Capitol, many of them have had their Twitter accounts blocked. In addition, Parler, the social network through which far-right movements used to organize, has ceased to function.
Among the few incidents recorded is the arrest of a man walking through downtown Washington in the morning with a “clearly visible” pistol, three high-capacity magazines and 37 bullets, which violates the city’s weapons legislation. . A woman who tried to impersonate a security guard was also arrested on Saturday and a man who tried to enter the area where Biden’s takeover will take place with a false credential and armed with a pistol and 500 bullets. The man, however, assured the Washington Post who works for a security agency that has been hired for the investiture and that approached the Capitol checkpoint because it had been lost.
Ready for everything
Despite the absence of incidents three days after Biden’s term began, his team has not lowered its guard. In an interview with ABC News, future White House communications director Kate Bedingfield suggested she does not rule out that the inauguration ceremony may not take place outside the Capitol, as tradition dictates. “Our intention,” he said, “is for the president-elect to get his hands on the Bible with his family outside the west facade of the Capitol.” I think this will send an incredibly important visual message to the world about the resilience of American democracy. ” According to her, from today the Biden team will meet every day with the current security officials to ensure that they will be ready for “any scenario that may arise” after the inauguration.
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