The Pentagon authorized the participation of up to 15 thousand military personnel in Washington, D.C., during President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. This was announced by the head of the U.S. National Guard, General Daniel Hokanson.
At the moment there are already six thousand guardsmen in the U.S. capital, said Hokanson. By the weekend, their number will increase to 10,000. The exact number of troops will depend on the federal agencies’ demands for support. In addition, the National Guard will bring its weapons to Washington based on negotiations with the FBI, police and other agencies.
Earlier it became known about the preparation of armed protests in the United States. According to the FBI, actions are planned in all states from January 16 to 20, as well as near the Capitol in Washington from January 17 to 20.
On Jan. 6, Donald Trump supporters protesters stormed the Capitol building and surrounded the Senate chamber. The Senate and House of Representatives adjourned. The Capitol building in Washington was later cleared of protesters. As a result, five people were killed.
The next day, the U.S. Congress approved the election of Joe Biden to the presidency amid the riots. His inauguration is scheduled for January 20.