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World Capitol in Washington: US authorities warn of new attack

22:09  03 march  2021
22:09  03 march  2021 Source:   spiegel.de

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Radical supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in January. Now US security agencies have uncovered possible plans for another attack this Thursday.

  Kapitol in Washington: US-Behörden warnen vor neuem Angriff © Julio Cortez / AP

Until 1933, March 4th was the day on which US presidents took their oath of office in front of the Capitol in Washington. The date was then set for January 20th. But now security authorities are warning of a possible attack by extremists this Thursday - almost two months after the attack by radical supporters Donald Trump's .

"We have received intelligence that shows possible plans by an identified militia to break into the Capitol on Thursday, March 4th," said Capitol Police in Washington. One is prepared for possible threats "against members of Congress or against the Capitol complex."

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Already on Tuesday the Capitol Police announced that they had tightened the security precautions and increased the number of Kärfte used for Thursday. Reason are "worrying information and intelligence knowledge".

Fears of new violence on March 4th have been around for weeks. However, it was unclear how specific the threat is. supporters of Trump had stormed the Capitol on January 6th . On that day, Parliament should finally confirm Joe Biden's election victory in the presidential election on November 3rd. Members of several right-wing extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers were involved in the attack, which left several dead.

The Capitol was massively secured in preparation for Biden's inauguration on January 20th. The parliament complex was cordoned off extensively with a high fence, and thousands of national guardsmen were dispatched.

Last week, acting chief of the Capitol Police Department, Yogananda Pittman, warned at a congressional hearing against scaling back security. Extremists would like "to blow up the Capitol and kill as many parliamentarians as possible" . Biden's first State of the Union address was cited as a possible reason for an attack. A date for this so-called State of the Union Address has not yet been set.

McConnell says 'overdone' Capitol security reminds him of war-torn Afghanistan .
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell said the fortified security at the Capitol two months after the Jan. 6 riot is "overdone," and he compared the militarization in Washington, D.C., to Afghanistan. "I'm extremely uncomfortable with the fact that my constituents can't come to the Capitol," McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday during a news conference. "With all this razor wire around the complex, it reminds me of my last visit to Kabul. This is the Capitol of the United States of America." McConnell last visited war-weary Afghanistan in October 2015.

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