According to a US media report on January 4th local time, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asked the National Guard to go out to deal with the possible conflict caused by the protests of Trump supporters on January 6.
According to U.S. media reports, thousands of Trump supporters will arrive in Washington, D.C. on the 6th to protest the presidential election results, which is also in response to the challenge of some Republican members of Congress to the results of the electoral college vote.
It is understood that three groups have submitted applications to the National Park Service (NPS) to hold pro-Trump protests on the 5th and 6th. The National Park Service has approved the application of the “Women Support America First” group.
Members of the “Proud Boy” and other right-wing armed groups also promised to protest on the 6th. Trump said on social media that he planned to attend at least one demonstration in person.
During the demonstration in mid-December, Trump supporters and opponents clashed, injuring four people. This also raised concerns among officials about this week’s violent conflict.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a statement on the 4th, asking residents to avoid protests and avoid entering the city center on the 5th and 6th to contact “demonstrators seeking confrontation”.
Bowser’s office also issued a notice warning that the District’s law prohibits the possession of weapons within 1,000 feet of the Capitol, the National Park District, and the parade crowd.
According to U.S. Department of Defense officials, Mayor Muriel Bowser has requested that a National Guard be arranged in the streets from January 5 to 7 to help supervise the protests.
The official said that the Washington, D.C. National Guard will work on traffic control and assist in other aspects. The Washington, D.C. Guard will provide a dedicated team ready to respond to biochemical attacks.