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Troops pour into Washington DC as capital braces for unrest ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration

Telegraph, 17 Jan 2021
Security continued to be strengthened around Washington, D.C. on Saturday as tensions run high of possible threats ahead of the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Around the White House, multiple roads have been closed while business tenants have boarded up their shops. All the roads leading to the inauguration venue are guarded by federal law enforcement officers, police and vehicles from the National Guard. Parking has been prohibited on the roads from Saturday night to Jan. 23.

From Saturday, people must pass through strict security checks when heading to Pennsylvania Avenue, a street linking the White House and the Capitol, as well as the venue where the inauguration will take place.

The Capitol building, which used to be a public area, is also surrounded by security fencing with police officers on duty to keep people away.

The intense security presence has made some residents in the nation's capital like Shelly Miles, who has lived here for 30 years, afraid and sad.

"This sorrow and this tragedy, and we never, we the United States can never allow this to happen again. It's the biggest security threat, internal domestic security threat we've ever had since our Civil War. Of course, I think that that is a huge security threat," she said.

More than 25,000 Guard are due in the city by early next week as concerns about violence at state capitals has grown.

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