National Guard deployed in DC as fears mount of violent protests over Biden’s victory this week
THE National Guard has been activated in Washington, DC, ahead of Congress' vote to affirm Joe Biden as the next president, as the city braces itself for potentially violent protests.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser put in a request to have troops on the ground from Tuesday through Thursday as Congress meets to certify the election results on Wednesday.
The National Guard is reportedly sending in 340 troops.
A defense official told The Associated Press that the troops are being sent in to control traffic and provide other assistance amid fears that demonstrations protesting the election results will turn violent.
During a Monday press conference, Bowser urged residents to stay away from the downtown area and to avoid confrontations with anyone who is "looking for a fight."
"We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city," she said.
Fears of violence in the city come after:
- Donald Trump has continued to refuse to concede the results of the 2020 election
- Several Republican lawmakers have said they will not certify the results
- Trump urged his supporters to come out to a rally in DC on January 6
DC police also began posting signs around the city noting that guns will be prohibited in the downtown area, effective Monday through Thursday, according to WTTG.
Officials said that intelligence suggests that people will be coming to DC in great numbers to protest, especially after President Donald Trump urged his supporters to come out on January 6 and even said he would attend protests himself.
Lawmakers are set to formally certify the Electoral College vote results on that day, ensuring Biden will be inaugurated into the White House on January 20.
However, several Republican lawmakers have come out and said that they will not certify the results, and will insist that the results of the election be investigated.
This comes even as Trump's lawyers have tried to contest the results multiple times in court, and have yet to be successful.
The president has refused to concede the election, and has shared a post advertising the Trump march in DC on January 6 to Twitter multiple times.
"I will be there. Historic day!" Trump said.
Demonstrators are planning to gather at the Washington Monument, the Freedom Plaza, and the Capitol starting at 7am.
The far-right group, the Proud Boys, have said they will attend the march incognito.
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