In a ceremony marked by unprecedented security preparedness, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took office this Wednesday, January 20, as the new US presidential duo without incident, either in Washington or in the other major US cities. American.
The tight security apparatus set up in the Washington, DC, and other US states' capitols appears to have deterred any threats of violent protests scheduled for the first day of Biden's term.
In the nation's capital, 25 National Guard troops were deployed to maintain order, after the pitiful images of January 6, when a crowd of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Congress building in hopes of interrupting the electoral certification process. Biden's investiture event would already be celebrated in an atypical way, given the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, but security measures marked the celebration even more.
Several Democratic lawmakers attended the event wearing bulletproof vests, a reflection of concerns about possible violent events that would tarnish the day that marks the transition of power.
In the rest of the United States, the 50 State Capitols were also placed under close surveillance, with similar barriers and fences to prevent violent protests. National Guard troops were also deployed for these buildings.
Although some media outlets reported a bomb threat to the US Supreme Court during the morning of the day of the inauguration, the Capitol Police clarify to USA Today that it has not received any communication in this regard.
The city of Washington will, however, remain in a state of emergency until January 24, with bridges to the city still closed until Thursday, as well as the metro.