On Wednesday January 20, Joe Biden will officially become the 46th President of the United States. The Democratic candidate and his vice-president, Kamala Harris, will be sworn in, outside the Capitol as tradition dictates, during an inauguration ceremony under high surveillance, marked by the security context and the epidemic of Covid-19. A week after pro-Trump protesters invaded Congress, Washington DC still bears the scars of the attack, which left five people dead. Here, in a few figures, why the “Inauguration day” promises to be historic.
More than 20,000 soldiers expected
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In order to ensure safety during the ceremony, the Pentagon authorized the deployment of 15,000 troops in the federal capital. Soldiers from the National Guard are already there, 6,200 according to several media, bringing the number of soldiers mobilized to more than 20,000 men on D-Day. The use of this US Army Reserve Corps, requested by the Washington government and the Capitol Police, led to the mobilization of reservists from Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.
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The United States Marshals, a federal government police agency under the Justice Department, plans to swear in between 3,000 and 4,000 officers, from across the country at the request of local police, to help with the investiture, according to Lamont J. Ruffin, deputy marshals chief of the District of Colombia (DC), cited by the Washington Post. The American media also mentions reinforcements from the Federal Bureau of Prisons which “are considering sending specially trained officers”. An offer already on the table during the demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd, last June.
An extraordinary workforce. According to several American journalists, including Fox News’ internal security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, there are more American troops deployed in Washington to date than in Iraq (around 3,000 soldiers on the ground) or Afghanistan (around 4,500 soldiers).
Mobilized for the protection of Congress, many reservists invaded the Capitol. Surrealist images of soldiers lying under the dome, resting between two guard towers, or strolling among the rooms of the building are circulating on social networks.
The city is also transformed: presence of metal grids around buildings, installation of concrete blocks on certain roads etc.
“A million militias”
On the day of “Inauguration day”, demonstrations by extremist groups in the federal capital seem to have already been planned. On the social network Parler, a new landmark of the American far-right, several organizers evoke a “Million Militia March“, the” Million Militia March “, as well as a” Million Martyr March “, the” Million Martyrs March. “A tribute to Ashli Babbitt, a veteran of the American army, shot down by the police during the invasion of the Capitol and erected to the rank of martyr by the pro-Trump.
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More generally, calls for armed gatherings are increasing, despite Donald Trump’s call for calm. “NO violence, NO crime, NO vandalism,” pleaded the outgoing president in a statement released by the White House.
50 states under surveillance
According to an FBI note, demonstrations by armed groups are planned around the capitol buildings of fifty states that make up the country, from January 17 to 20. Serious threats have been detected against Joe Biden, but also Kamala Harris or Nancy Pelosi, Democratic President of the House of Representatives.
The authorities fear the presence of explosive devices, drones, ram vehicles or snipers. According to le Washington Post, the FBI and the Secret Service are in constant contact with Biden and his security service. The y would receive regular updates on threat status and ongoing operations.
Authorities in North Carolina and Oregon have called on the National Guard to protect their federal buildings. About 550 troops, for example, are expected to be deployed in Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina.
Hundreds of accommodations blocked for reservation
After cleaning operations on social networks – 70,000 Qanon accounts deleted, the account of Donald Trump banned from Twitter – the Airbnb accommodation booking platform is also taking action. Reservations for accommodation or hotel nights scheduled in Washington and its suburbs will be blocked or canceled during the “Inauguration Day” period. Guests will be reimbursed.
Objective: avoid travel to Washington. An instruction repeated by the mayor of the federal capital, Muriel Bowser, as well as by the governors of two neighboring states: the Republican Larry Hoganet, for Maryland and the Democrat Ralph Northam, in Virginia. Airbnb also announced that it had identified and excluded from the platform certain participants in the attack on the Capitol.
While traditionally thousands of people gather to watch the new President of the United States be sworn in, this year Joe Biden has recommended Americans stay at home and watch the ceremony live on TV or via the internet, mainly because of the Covid-19 epidemic.
According to New-York Times, near 200,000 tickets are usually distributed, but this year only two tickets will be awarded to the 535 members of Congress (Senators and Representatives). The parade on Pennsylvania Avenue will also be replaced by a virtual parade.
Only three former presidents will attend the ceremony, of the five still alive: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, accompanied by their respective wives. Jimmy Carter, suffering, declined the invitation. As for Donald Trump, he had announced that he would not attend the nomination. A first for 150 years.
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