Stars and Stripes stripes.com 05 Jan, 2021 01:15 am

DC Guard activating as Trump backers are expected to protest in nation’s capital

DC Guard activating as Trump backers are expected to protest in nation’s capital
Some 300 National Guard troops have been activated to help Washington police ensure order as thousands of President Donald Trump’s backers were expected to gather in the nation’s capital this week to protest President-elect Joe Biden’s election win, defense and District of Columbia officials said Monday.

28, 2020 photo, service members with the District of Columbia National Guard support local and federal agencies with march assistance in the nation's capital.Some 300 National Guard troops have been activated to help Washington police ensure order as thousands of President Donald Trump’s backers are expected to gather in the nation’s capital this week.NATIONAL GUARD Some 300 National Guard troops have been activated to help Washington police ensure order as thousands of President Donald Trump’s backers were expected to gather in the nation’s capital this week to protest President-elect Joe Biden’s election win, defense and District of Columbia officials said Monday.National Guard troops be activated to aid law enforcement in crowd and traffic control during the protests expected Tuesday and Wednesday, she said Monday during a news conference.

National Guard can be helpful… It absolutely frees up more officers.No National Guard or active-duty troops from outside of Washington were expected to deploy in response to the protests, said the defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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