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Another round of protests coming, state capitols board up and troops take position in US

With the FBI warning of violence at all state capitols, the ornate halls of government and symbols of democracy looked more like heavily guarded US embassies in war-torn countries. Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

January 17, 2021 / 02:02 PM IST
A double row of chain-link fencing circles the Arizona State Capitol. Windows on the Illinois and Ohio statehouses have been boarded up. National Guard troops in camouflage and flak jackets and heavily armed state troopers were stationed at state capitals across the U.S. in advance of protests planned for January 17. (Image: AP)
A double row of chain-link fencing circles the Arizona State Capitol. Windows on the Illinois and Ohio statehouses have been boarded up. National Guard troops in camouflage and flak jackets and heavily armed state troopers were stationed at state capitals across the US in advance of protests planned for January 17. (Image: AP)
With the FBI warning of violence at all state capitols, the ornate halls of government and symbols of democracy looked more like heavily guarded US embassies in war-torn countries. (Image: AP)
With the FBI warning of violence at all state capitols, the ornate halls of government and symbols of democracy looked more like heavily guarded US embassies in war-torn countries. (Image: AP)
Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. (Image: AP)
Governors have declared states of emergency, closed capitols to the public and called up troops ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. (Image: AP)
They are trying to avoid a repeat of the mob rioting that occurred January 6, when supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, leaving a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. (Image: AP)
They are trying to avoid a repeat of the mob rioting on January 6, when supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, leaving a Capitol Police officer and four others dead. (Image: AP)
Details were vague, but demonstrations were expected at state capitols beginning January 17 and leading up to Biden taking the oath of the office January 20. (Image: AP)
Details were vague but demonstrations were expected at state capitols beginning January 17 and leading up to Biden taking the oath of the office January 20. (Image: AP)
Signs of ramped-up security were in abundance from Atlanta to Sacramento, California, throughout the week. (Image: AP)
Signs of ramped-up security were in abundance from Atlanta to Sacramento, California, throughout the week. (Image: AP)
SWAT officers stood guard at the Georgia State Capitol. A bomb-detecting dog sniffed its way through the capitol in Jackson, Mississippi. State troopers were poised on the roof of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Sections of temporary fencing that encircled many state capitols were locked together in Sacramento with handcuffs. (Image: AP)
SWAT officers stood guard at the Georgia State Capitol. A bomb-detecting dog sniffed its way through the capitol in Jackson, Mississippi. State troopers were poised on the roof of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Sections of temporary fencing that encircled many state capitols were locked together in Sacramento with handcuffs. (Image: AP)
National Guard troops patrolled the California Capitol and streets of downtown Sacramento on January 16. (Image: AP)
National Guard troops patrolled the California Capitol and streets of downtown Sacramento on January 16. (Image: AP)
Associated Press

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