US capitals prepare for armed protests as Trump’s presidency nears end

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The US capital, Washington, was closed as law enforcement officials prepared to confront rallies supporting outgoing President Donald Trump in the capitals of the fifty US states, by erecting barriers and deploying thousands of National Guard forces in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the congressional attack that rocked the country on January 6.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned police agencies of possible armed protests in all state capitals, from today until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, fueled by Trump supporters who believe his false claims about election fraud are true.

Among the states that have mobilized their National Guard to reinforce security are Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Washington, while Texas closed the state’s Congress building from today until the day of the inauguration.

CNN today quoted a police report and a law enforcement source that police officers in downtown Washington arrested a Virginia man who tried to pass through a Congressional police checkpoint on Friday while he was carrying forged papers and a pistol loaded with bullets and ammunition. On 500 rounds.

Congressional police officials were not immediately available for comment.

These measures come in the wake of the bloody attack on the US Congress building on the sixth of this month by a mixture of extremists and supporters of Trump.

Democratic leaders of four congressional committees said today that they had earlier begun a review of events and had sent letters to FBI and other intelligence agencies and security agencies to determine the extent of the threats, whether information had been shared between them, or whether there was any foreign role. .

The Joint Intelligence Bulletin, issued by the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counter-Terrorism Center also warned that “false stories” about election fraud will be a permanent trigger for extremist groups.

Thousands of armed National Guard members are now deployed in the streets of Washington in an unprecedented show of force in the American capital, after the congressional attack. It is scheduled to close a number of bridges leading to Washington, as well as dozens of roads. It was also decided to prevent visits to a number of famous landmarks across the country until next week.

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