Washington Police Chief Robert Contee announced Wednesday that they had expanded the number of members of the police to more than 20,000. National Guard deployed for the days before and during the Inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
So far, the maximum number of soldiers to be deployed from this weekend has been set at between 10,000 and 15,000, many of whom were quartered last night inside the Capitol, which on January 6 he was assaulted by a violent mob of supporters of the outgoing president, Donald Trump.
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The Pentagon considers that the number of National Guard troops assigned to reinforce security in the US capital is approaching 30,000, to which will be added the bodies of the Capitol Police, the National Park Police, the Washington local police and the Secret Service.
“I think we can expect just over 20,000 National Guard personnel to be throughout the District of Columbia,” the acting Washington police chief reported.
According to sources from the Department of Defense consulted by the newspaper Washington Post, the final determination on the forces that will be necessary in the capital during the investiture will depend on the requirements of the Secret Service, in charge of presidential security.
For the moment, this weekend there will be 10,000 soldiers deployed in Washington, double the entire current US military presence in Afghanistan.
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For the first time since the Civil War (1861-1865), several hundred soldiers were quartered inside the Capitol, where they had to sleep on the marble floors and corridors, surrounded by the sumptuousness of the legislative headquarters.
Washington authorities have been forced to call in units from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard, neighboring states, as well as a rapid reaction force specialized in riots.
The Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, told the Washington Post on Tuesday that they should be careful when sending the National Guard from other states to Washington, as there are threats of riots during the inauguration not only in the capital, but also in the government offices of the 50 states of the country.
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