Security officials in the states across the US are on high alert for potentially violent protests ahead of the January 20 inauguration of Joe Biden. In a bid to deter any potential threats of violence, the National Guard troops have been sent to Washington.
Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency warned of possible armed demonstrations in all the fifty state capitals across the US by the incumbent president’s followers. On the other hand, the incoming president has set out plans to reverse many policies by Trump. The local media reported that according to the memo that they had seen, the minute Biden sets his foot in the presidential office, the Democrat will embark on a flurry of executive decisions to reverse key policies by his predecessor.
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Some of the important expected decisions are returning America to the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the immigration ban on Muslim-majority countries, and making face coverings mandatory on the Federal government’s properties. Even though, like his predecessor Biden will be able to issue executive orders, his administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package will still need congressional approval.
With thousands of National Guard troops deployed in the Capitol, Washington, DC, will be under a strict lockdown. The site of the January 6 deadly riots has been blocked with metal fences and concrete barriers. The city’s National Mall that is normally flooded with hundreds of people, has also been shut down at the request of the US Secret Service – the government agency charged with the protection of the American president.
Biden’s transition team had already asked its followers to avoid traveling to Washington, primarily because of the coronavirus outbreak. Besides, the local authorities have urged the residents to watch the inauguration event remotely. Even though many far-right organizations had planned armed demonstrations on Sunday, some militias asked their followers not to attend the events, citing that the panned events were traps set by the police.
On Saturday, the US Capitol police confirmed that they arrested a man with an unlicensed gun and more than five hundred rounds of bullets. Later, the man was released and told a local news agency that he did not plan to bring his weapon to Washington. Apart from that, the state authorities across the country also taking steps to ensure the safety of the state buildings. Ahead of potential demonstrations at their state legislature, the Governors of Utah, New Mexico, and Maryland have declared an emergency. Meanwhile, other states, including Washington, California, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, have activated the National Guard troops.
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