The Pentagon put 100 members of the US National Guard on Friday, in connection with a march in Washington DC scheduled for this Saturday in support of those arrested during the assault on the US Capitol that occurred on January 6th.
“The Secretary of Defense [Lloyd] Austin approved a request from the Capitol Police Board to provide 100 members of the Washington DC National Guard who will be stationed at the DC Armory as a physical security task force to increase law enforcement for the demonstration on 18 September at the Capitol “, reza a statement from the Department of Defense, obtained by journalists.
Troops will be deployed if Capitol Police and other police units need help to contain protesters. Also, they They will only wear bulletproof vests and truncheons, although initially the Chief of Police of the United States Congress, J. Thomas Manger, requested armed troops, details The Washington Post.
This measure is part of US law enforcement preparations to prevent excesses similar to those that occurred last January, when supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the compound. The rally is called by ‘Look Ahead America’, a non-profit organization “dedicated to defending patriotic Americans who have been forgotten by our Government “, according you apply on their website.
For his part, Trump himself called the forthcoming protest a “preparation“, just as he emboldened those who are preparing to participate.” On Saturday, that is a preparation. If people don’t show up, they’ll say, ‘Oh, it’s a lack of spirit.’ And if people show up, they will be harassed, “the former president said Thursday in an interview with The Federalist.