As the day of Biden was sworn in as President of the United States on January 20, the capital Washington, D.C., is now on high alert.
Several government departments in the United States warned that members of white right-wing organizations may launch armed protests before and on the 20th.
The FBI specifically named the “Bugalo Movement”, a right-wing American organization, saying that the organization called on members to hold armed marches in major cities across the United States on the 17th.” One of the goals of the Bugalo Movement is to solve all the problems of the United States by launching a second civil war.
CNN reporter: The U.S. State Department said that these white supremacists, domestic terrorist organizations are using the same means as extremist organizations to incite and recruit people through social networks, websites, chat rooms, and these organizations may launch more attacks in the next few days.
Recently, the FBI warned that members of these organizations not only plan to launch armed protests in the capitols of 50 states in the United States from January 16 to 20, but also return to the capital Washington, D.C., to launch attacks from January 17 to 20.
FBI Director Christopher Ray: We have seen a lot of people on the Internet discussing causing trouble before and after the inauguration ceremony.
In addition, according to the website of the World Journal of the United States, some people who hit Congress on January 6 said on social networks: “Many of us will visit the old world again on January 19th, carry our weapons, and show our determination to support the country. The world will never forget this! Our size will not be enough for any army or police to compete with.
Others call January 20 the second round, “This time I won’t show mercy. I don’t even care about assisting Trump’s re-election. What I care about is going to war.”
It is not only the U.S. government agencies who fear the attack, but also some Republican lawmakers.
After the shock to Congress on the 6th, the divisions within the Republican Party intensified, and many Republican lawmakers were “severing the seats” from Trump, who belongs to the same party.
On the 13th, 10 Republican congressmen voted for impeachment of Trump, including Representative Peter Major.
Major said in an interview with the media on the 14th that he and other colleagues who supported Trump’s impeachment were worried about personal threats and were planning to buy bulletproof vests with public funds.
Republican Congressman Peter Meijer: Many of us are changing our daily work schedules and studying the purchase of bulletproof vests, which can be reimbursed. Unfortunately, we have to get to this point, but we are worried that someone may try to attack us.
Major said that given the impact of Congress on the 6th and the deployment of National Guard members in Washington, he felt that the situation had got out of control and did not know what would happen next.
Republican Congressman Peter Meijer: In this unprecedented environment, with unprecedented fear, division and hatred, we must consider all possible circumstances.
After the violent impact of the U.S. Congress, the atmosphere in Washington, the capital, was very tense.
Federal and local governments, transportation departments and airlines have successively upgraded security measures.
On the 14th local time, as the date of the inauguration of the President of the United States approaches, the guard in Washington, D.C., was strengthening.
That afternoon, near the Congress of Washington, D.C., National Guard soldiers were changing their defenses.
Towards 4 p.m., a large number of National Guard soldiers arrived near Congress in batches to change posts with the soldiers on duty in the previous shift. There were nearly a thousand soldiers at the scene.
Compared with the previous day, the number of soldiers has increased significantly, the guard around Congress has been tightened, and the area where the National Guard is on duty has also expanded.
ABC described it as “the capital Washington had become a ‘fortress’ before the inauguration ceremony”. According to CNN, more than 20,000 National Guard members will be deployed to Washington in the 20th, more than three times as many as the United States currently stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
The previous day, the visitor center originally used to receive tourists inside the Capitol became a “camp” for the National Guard. That night, the National Guard members with nowhere to go lay on the marble floor.
On the 14th, these replaced soldiers will stay in a nearby hotel and continue to rotate the next day. Under the previous arrangement of the Ministry of Defense, members of the National Guard from all over the United States carried out 12-hour reverse liners.
Arkansas and Ohio officials announced on the 14th that they would send 500 and 700 National Guard soldiers to Washington before the inauguration of the new president to help the local police maintain order. At present, Illinois National Guard soldiers have set out for Washington to support.
A few days ago, the FBI warned that protesters who supported Trump might soon carry weapons to Washington for “armed protests”.
On the 14th, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, said: “Unless a law enforcement officer and authorized to carry a gun, no one will be allowed to consign guns to airports around Washington, D.C. starting from this weekend.” After that, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and other airlines immediately announced a similar ban, which will last until the 23rd.
According to the latest ban issued by Alaska Airlines, passengers on flights to and from Washington, D.C., “must sit in seats” an hour after takeoff and before landing.
Today, Washington, the capital of the United States, especially Capitol Hill, is heavily guarded and heavily guarded. Several foreign media have also vividly compared Washington, D.C., to the green zone of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
On the evening of the 14th, the fence was raised overnight outside the west side of the Capitol. There was originally no fence on the outside of the Capitol, and a 2.4-meter-high fence was added after the impact on the land.
Now, in preparation for the inauguration of the next president, the fence has been raised to 3.6 meters overnight. Throughout Washington, metal fences can be seen everywhere around important buildings. In addition to the fence, many blocks have been blocked, and many roads near the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court are closed to traffic.
Several foreign media described Washington, D.C. as the “green zone” of Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. The “Green Zone” established by the U.S. military after the Iraq War in 2003 is located in the center of Baghdad, guarded by heavy troops, and heavily guarded.
It is surrounded by high concrete walls. Special passes and layers of security checks are required for access. For most Iraqis, the “Green Zone” is out of reach. The main road of the “Green Zone” was not open all day until 2019.
Today’s Washington is also popular, such as facing a big enemy. No wonder AFP equates Washington, D.C., with the Green Zone of Baghdad.