Advertisement

Home / World / US state Capitols on high alert

US state Capitols on high alert

Officials in state capitals across the country are bracing for a spillover from last week’s violent assault on the US Capitol
People protesting the presidential election results inside the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2020. The Capitol building was placed on lockdown, with senators and members of the House locked inside their chambers, as Congress began debating President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. President Trump addressed supporters near the White House before protesters marched to Capitol Hill.

New York Times News Service   |   New York   |   Published 13.01.21, 01:30 AM

It was opening day of the 2021 legislative session, and the perimeter of the Georgia state Capitol on Monday was bristling with state police officers in full camouflage gear, most of them carrying tactical rifles.
On the other side of the country, in Olympia, Washington, dozens of National Guard troops in riot gear and shields formed a phalanx behind a temporary fence. Facing them in the pouring rain was a small group of demonstrators, some also wearing military fatigues and carrying weapons. “Honour your oath!” they shouted. “Fight for freedom every day!”

And in Idaho, Ammon Bundy, an anti-government activist who once led his supporters in the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, showed up outside the statehouse in Boise with members of his organisation carrying “wanted” posters for governor Brad Little and others on charges of “treason” and “sedition”.

Advertisement

Officials in state capitals across the country are bracing for a spillover from last week’s violent assault on the US Capitol, with legislatures already becoming targets for protesters in the tense days around the inauguration of the incoming President, Joseph R. Biden Jr.



Advertisement
Advertisement
Mobile Article Page Banner
Advertisement
 
 
 
Copyright © 2020 The Telegraph. All rights reserved.