Thursday, October 21, 2021

US Capitol police prepare for far-right rally in support of January 6 rebels

Lisa Desjardins:

It’s totally different.

And I will say that I don’t always have to do alliteration, but it helped me focus that there is a difference in strength, in the number of people who will be ready. There is a difference in strategy. They are briefing the police officers in a way which is different from last time. And there is a very clear difference in the structure.

I want to show you what I mean. The Capitol Police have now put up a fence around the Capitol. This is something that has just been put in the last 24, 30 hours. So they have proved that they can do it quickly. This is something that was in place for the months and months after January 6. They expect to take it down in the next few days.

But this is the main obstacle between the capital and this protest. And there’s something else I want to explain to people, is where exactly this is happening.

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Let’s look at a kind of overview map of the Capitol here. Now, that area in yellow, that’s the opposition zone. It’s just to the left, west of the reflecting pool. As we see it here, the Washington Monument is on the left, to help oriented people. The mall goes all the way down to the left.

So you see it’s very close to the capitol. That security fence is a tight fence. It is not a wide range. It is the perimeter that exactly embraces the capitol.

So I guess they think this — they have no reason to do a wider girth. This is an indication of their security stance. And I also want to point out that on the top of that picture is the Supreme Court, which has a separate fence in the Capitol, is preserved even yesterday.

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