As President-elect Joe Biden’s swearing in on January 20 nears, the American capital, Washington over the weekend was literally converted into a garrison city because of the multiple reports of threats and armed violence that security agencies have been receiving over the past few weeks, reported PTI.
More than 25,000 National Guards have been deployed along with thousands of local police personnel and those from other security agencies.
The area in and around Capitol Hill, a large part of Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House has been made out of bounds for the general public with eight-feet high iron barricades being erected.
US Marshals are deploying 4,000 officers to Washington DC. Major parts of the majestic National Mall, which during inauguration is usually thronged by thousands of people, have been closed off.