US security beefed; Armed protests erupt before Biden’s sworn in
Published: 02:08 PM, 18 January 2021
Two days before Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th United States President, armed protests erupted outside the Capitols of several states.
Demonstrations are taking place outside Capitol buildings in the states of Texas, Oregon, Michigan and Ohio, the BBC reported. However, Capitols in many other states were remained quiet on Sunday.
The country’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned of armed protests centering Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Security has since been beefed up across the United States.
Two weeks before Biden came to power, Trump supporters attacked and vandalized Capitol Hill, the US Capitol, to change the outcome of the presidential election on 6 January. At the time, there was a joint session of Congress to certify Biden’s victory. Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack.
It was learned that Trump has been accused of inciting “violence”. He was impeached by the lower house of Congress, the House of Representatives.
Strict security measures have been put in place at other state installations across the country, including Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., in anticipation of further attacks.
Barricades have been set up at the entrances to important installations, including the deployment of thousands of National Guards in almost all states, including the capital.
Trump’s far-right supporters called for armed protests on Sunday through social media.
The latest report by BBC showed that only a dozen supporters had been seen protesting in several cities, as a result, the streets around the Capitol buildings of those cities became empty.
The New York Times reported that about 25 armed members of the far-right ‘Boogaloo Movement’ gathered outside the Capitol in Columbus, Ohio.
Around 24 people protested with rifles outside the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan. One of them told Reuters that “he was not here to be violent. Hopefully, others will not be violent either.”