With the approach of the nomination of Joe Biden, this Wednesday, the tension mounts in the United States. More than 25,000 National Guard soldiers began to pour in across the country. On the spot, it is feared that supporters of Donald Trump will demonstrate violently today. Barricades, barbed wire and armed men proliferate in major American cities.
This fear of protest follows the events of January 6, when the Capitol was overrun by pro-Trump protesters. But also at the call of members of the radical American far right movement “Boogaloo”. According to a post on a website called Tree of Liberty, since November 24, they have been planning an armed march in all the capitals of the country on January 17.
States on the alert
The capitals of the 50 states are preparing for these possible demonstrations. Barriers are erected around public buildings and military reinforcements are deployed. The main objective: to avoid violence similar to that of the Capitol on January 6. Several states, including Michigan, Virginia, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have called in the National Guard, a reserve military force.
Texas announced that its Capitol would remain closed on Wednesday, the day Joe Biden was sworn in. Texas Director of Public Safety Steve McCraw has raised the risk of “violent extremists” taking advantage of this weekend’s protests in the capital, Austin, to commit criminal acts.
While in Virginia, a Democratic representative, Don Beyer, called on residents of his state to avoid downtown due to the risk of violence. “Anyone who can avoid the Capitol area this week must do so“, he shares on Twitter.
Washington en alert
Since yesterday, Washington has been completely sealed off. Thousands of National Guards have been deployed in the streets. Bridges leading to the city have been closed and access to several tourist spots has been prohibited. The public buildings were surrounded by heavy barricades. Double-edged steps which reassure and worry the inhabitants of the city. Jeremy Meheta, 29 years old: “I am happy to see the presence of the police. But in the back of your mind you know why they’re there. And it’s a little stressful, and it’s disappointing that the city has all been turned upside down because of what happened last week.“