Alert on a possible plan to attack the Capitol linked to Qanon on Thursday

The Capitol in Washington (illustrative image). – ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP

Reinforced security at the Capitol. The US police have reported a planned assault on the seat of Congress scheduled for March 4, and said they are ready to respond to “any threats.” The building had already been targeted by pro-Trump protesters on January 6.

Members of the conspiracy movement QAnon think March 4 will see
Donald Trump invested president of the United States for a second term. “We have obtained information which shows a possible plan of a militia identified to force the entry of the Capitol on March 4,” the police wrote in a statement, affirming to be “informed and prepared for any potential threats”.

“Worrisome” information

“We take this information seriously,” she stresses. “Given the sensitive nature of this information, we cannot provide further details at this stage. Capitol police say they have “already made a significant increase in security” since January 6, when hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump invaded the seat of Congress while parliamentarians certified the victory of the Democrat Joe Biden. Members of the National Guard still patrol the grounds of the Capitol, protected by barriers and barbed wire.

“Our department is working with our local, state and federal partners to counter any threat to the Capitol,” she continues. On Tuesday evening, the Capitol police had simply indicated that they had been “warned of disturbing information and intelligence relating to March 4”.

After the alert given by the police, the House of Representatives advanced to Wednesday evening two votes scheduled for Thursday, which will allow its some 430 parliamentarians not to return to the hemicycle before next week. On the other hand, the Senate will be in session from noon, under even reinforced security.

A historic date

The head of protocol and security services in Congress, Timothy Blodgett (“Acting Sergent at Arms”), sent a message to congressmen on Monday informing them that he was working closely with the police to monitor the incidents. information “related to March 4 and the possible demonstrations surrounding what some call” the real day of the investiture “.

“The importance of this date has apparently decreased among different groups in recent days,” he said, however, in an email published by US media. Until 1933, the American presidents were invested on March 4, and not on January 20 as is now the tradition.

During Donald Trump’s presidency, members of the QAnon Nebula were convinced that the Republican would save the world from corrupt and pedophile elites. Self-proclaimed QAnon members were present among the January 6 protesters. The price of rooms at the luxurious Trump International hotel, near the Capitol, has exploded to $ 1,331 a night for Wednesday and Thursday evening, against $ 476 until the end of March.

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