Friday, October 15

The police ask that the US Army continue to be deployed in Washington until May after warning of another possible assault on the Capitol


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The request comes amid mutual recriminations between the different security forces about the incredible failures that allowed the assault on January 6

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Red light in front of the Capitol this Thursday.MICHAEL REYNOLDSEFE
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Washington has woken up today in fear of reviving the nightmare of january 6, when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the United States Congress, causing five deaths. The reason was the call in online forums for marches in favor of the former president that, for the US police authorities, could lead to violent acts. Some of Trump’s supporters even thought – and they had expressed this in photos on the internet – that the former president was going to take power today.

There has been no violence. But even so, the Capitol – the building that houses the Senate and House of Representatives – It is closed. The 6,200 soldiers who protect the building and other headquarters of the US State apparatus are on alert, and another 5,000 troops are outside the city, ready to intervene if necessary. Part of the barriers surrounding the Capitol have been reinforced with barbed wire. The goal is to avoid a repeat of the January 6 disaster.

And despite the absence of demonstrations, the police authorities seem to take the threat from radical groups. The Capitol Police, which is responsible for the security of the building, has asked the Department of Defense to extend for 60 more days, until May, the deployment of soldiers in Washington. The request comes in the midst of a chaos of mutual recriminations between the different bodies and security forces of the State about the incredible security flaws that allowed the assault on January 6. So, after the excess of tranquility, now everything seems to indicate that he has fallen into maximum concern.

The truth is that the groups behind much of the threats of violent protests are not to be taken lightly. Although they tend to cluster in the movement QAnon, which maintains that the world is experiencing a secret war between Donald Trump, on the one hand, and a network of pedophiles that controls the planet, on the other, among them are the Proud Boys (Proud Guys, who played a major role in the events of January 6), the Three Percenters (who argue that it will be enough to mobilize 3% of the US population to carry out a revolution), the ‘Sovereign Citizens’ (who do not acknowledge any authority above their county sheriff), and the ‘Oath Keepers’. These are movements without a defined structure, although they all share the thesis that a ‘genocide’ of the white race and that the Jews are a ‘threat’. For the most part, these movements do not recognize the authority of the state.

March 4 is symbolic for Trump’s more radical supporters, mostly clustered around the QAnon conspiracy theory, which is turning markedly extremist and racist positions. The date is important because, until 1933, that was the date on which the transfer of powers from one president to anotherAnd, for the harshest wing of ‘Trumpism’, no American president has served legitimately since Ulysses S. Grant, 152 years ago. The reason they have set that date clearly indicates the underlying ideology of these groups: in 1868, the United States passed the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that former black slaves have the right to vote and that senior officials who serve have rebelled against the legal order of the country – in clear reference to the rebels who declared secession to maintain and expand slavery– they will not be able to exercise public functions again.

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