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Washington in assetto di guerra, i militari dentro il Congresso

Giulia Belardelli
·Giornalista, HuffPost
·2 minuto per la lettura

Washington sembra già in assetto di guerra per la cerimonia di giuramento di Joe Biden il 20 gennaio davanti a Capitol Hill. Il Congresso è presidiato anche all’interno da centinaia di uomini della Guardia nazionale che, come documentano numerose foto, dormono o bivaccano in mimetica negli eleganti corridoi dell’edificio dove ieri la Camera ha approvato la mozione di impeachment contro Donald Trump per aver incitato l’insurrezione dei suoi sostenitori contro il Parlamento. All’interno sono stati installati anche dei metal detector.

Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump. - The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday opened debate on a historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump over his supporters' attack of the Capitol that left five dead.Lawmakers in the lower chamber are expected to vote for impeachment around 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) -- marking the formal opening of proceedings against Trump. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)
Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump. - The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday opened debate on a historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump over his supporters' attack of the Capitol that left five dead.Lawmakers in the lower chamber are expected to vote for impeachment around 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) -- marking the formal opening of proceedings against Trump. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)
Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021 (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)
Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021 (Photo: SAUL LOEB via Getty Images)
Members of the National Guard load live-rounds as they guard Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump. - The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday opened debate on a historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump over his supporters' attack of the Capitol that left five dead.Lawmakers in the lower chamber are expected to vote for impeachment around 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) -- marking the formal opening of proceedings against Trump. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images)
Members of the National Guard load live-rounds as they guard Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump. - The Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on Wednesday opened debate on a historic second impeachment of President Donald Trump over his supporters' attack of the Capitol that left five dead.Lawmakers in the lower chamber are expected to vote for impeachment around 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) -- marking the formal opening of proceedings against Trump. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI via Getty Images)

L’intero perimetro del Campidoglio è protetto da alte recinzioni metalliche (come da tempo la Casa Bianca) e dai militari con armi in pugno, quasi fosse un fortino da difendere contro un assalto. Pennsylvania Avenue, l’arteria che porta dalla Casa Bianca a Capitol Hill, è bloccata ad una certa distanza dal Congresso per impedire l’accesso a chiunque.

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 13: Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., delivers pizza to members of the Delaware National Guard in the Capitol Visitor Center as the House debates of an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 13: Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., delivers pizza to members of the Delaware National Guard in the Capitol Visitor Center as the House debates of an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images) (Photo: Tom Williams via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC, USA - JANUARY 13:  Members of the National Guard are issued weapons outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) (Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC, USA - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard are issued weapons outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) (Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

L’atmosfera, nella città semideserta, è surreale. Sono scene che lasciano sbalorditi e che fanno il giro del mondo, proiettando la vulnerabilità del Paese più potente del mondo: mai prima d’ora gli Usa erano stati costretti a misure di sicurezza così estreme per garantire il passaggio dei poteri da un presidente all’altro, trasformando quella che è sempre stata una solenne festa di popolo lungo il National Mall in un evento ad alto rischio. Anche la residenza del vicepresidente Mike Pence, l’US Naval Observatory, è stata blindata: nella notte i militari hanno innalzato tutto intorno una barriera di metallo.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard walk through the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) (Photo: Stefani Reynolds via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: Members of the National Guard walk through the Visitor Center of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images) (Photo: Stefani Reynolds via Getty Images)

Del resto la tensione resta altissima dopo l’allarme lanciato dall’Fbi su possibili proteste di milizie armate tra il 16 e il 20 gennaio contro Capitol Hill e i campidogli degli altri 50 Stati Usa. Lo stesso Trump ha dichiarato l’emergenza accogliendo una richiesta della sindaca della capitale...

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