Washington: Ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, the United States has issued an alert for possible armed demonstrations in all 50 states during the weekend.
More National Guard troops have been immediately dispatched to Washington, D.C., and instructed to remain vigilant to prevent dangerous riots such as the one on January 6th. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned that there could be armed protests by President Trump supporters in all states. Meanwhile, Joe Biden’s team has devised a plan to return to Trump’s key policies.
Within hours of taking office, Biden will issue presidential decrees reversing measures taken by the previous administration. This is seen in a message circulating in the American media. These may include the following decisions:
- He will make the United States part of the Paris Agreement once again. It plans to tackle global carbon emissions and climate change.
- He will lift controversial travel bans on several Muslim-majority countries.
- He will make it mandatory to wear face masks in federal buildings and when traveling from one state to another.
Like President Trump, Biden will use presidential decrees to bypass Congress but, the 1.9 trillion aid plan he announced last week will require legislative approval. Legislators can also debate a bill to reform the process of immigration.
Before Biden’s swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, most of Washington DC will be in lockdown and thousands of young men will be deployed here in the form of National Guard troops. Roads have also been closed several miles from Capitol Hill and concrete and metal barriers have been erected. Capitol Hill is the site of the January 6 riots.
The National Mall, which is usually crowded during the swearing-in ceremony, has also been closed at the request of the Secret Service. The Secret Service is the body that protects and provides security to US presidents, even if they have since resigned.
Biden’s team has already asked Americans not to travel to Washington DC because of the Corona epidemic. Local officials said people should watch the event from afar. In addition, there may be demonstrations in the United States on Sunday. On the Internet, Trump supporters and far-right groups have called for armed protests in their online community this day.
However, some armed groups have asked their supporters not to attend the protests. They said that the police detained people who would join them, so that they are placed under a demonstration project. They also said that there could be strict security arrangements in these armed demonstrations.
A Virginia gunman was arrested Friday at a security checkpoint, Capitol Police said Sunday. He said he had at least one gun with 509 rounds of ammunition and did not have a government-issued identification. Wesley Alan Baylor was later released. He told the Washington Post that he did not intend to go to Washington with a weapon. He says he works for a private security company there.
“I live in a small town so I got lost on the way to DC. When I stopped at the checkpoint, I stopped the car. I showed them the inauguration badge I was given.”
Strict security measures have been put in place since Donald Trump became the first US president to be indicted twice. He will be tried in the Senate on charges of “inciting violence”. The case comes after Capitol Hill protests by his supporters. These supporters did so when Congress was about to approve Biden’s victory in the US presidential election.
Dozens of people have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Baked Alaska, whose real name is Antheim Joseph, is one of the most prominent right-wing figures recently arrested. He was arrested Friday in Houston, Texas, on charges of felony criminal mischief. These included allegations of violent intrusion into Capitol Hill and breach of discipline.
States across the United States are taking steps to prevent any incidents involving armed demonstrations. These range from not allowing demonstrations to increasing security at state buildings.
The governors of Maryland, New Mexico and Utah have declared a state of emergency ahead of possible protests.
National Guard troops have been mobilized in California, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. State buildings in Texas will be closed from Saturday to Wednesday. Experts say the states that saw fierce competition between Biden and Trump during the presidential election are more likely to have violent incidents. Michigan is one of the states where a six-foot wall has been built around state buildings.
Police Director Joe Gaspar hopes that people will participate in the protests peacefully. The police force will continue to increase in these places till mid-February. An alleged plot to oust Michigan’s Democratic governor was foiled in October.
Facebook, on the other hand, has said it will temporarily block ads for weapons-related items in the United States. Advertisements for the sale of guns or bullets are already banned on this social media site.
The move comes after three senators and four attorney generals criticized Facebook, saying “give up your profits and prioritize democracy.”
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