Washington D.C. Turned Into "Virtual Fortress" As 250,000 Protesters Descend Upon The City
Zero Hedge --
Over the past couple of days, we've highlighted a couple of the mass protests that are being planned by disaffected Hillary supporters in an effort to disrupt the various Trump inaugural events that get kicked off tomorrow evening. Perhaps the most aggressive "disruptions" have been planned by groups called "DisruptJ20" and the "DC Anti-Fascist Coalition" and include plans to "paralyze the city" with "clusterfuck blockades" of bridges and tunnels, "stink bombs" in ventilation systems and chaining metro trains to station platforms to shut down rail traffic. Unfortunately for them, all of their plans were caught on tape by Project Veritas (see "New Video Exposes Anti-Trump Groups Plotting Criminal Acts To Disrupt Inauguration") so we suspect police will be well prepared.
As Reuters points out this morning, efforts to disrupt the inaugural process will have to evade a massive force of 28,000 security personnel and miles of fencing and roadblocks fortified by sand-laden dump trucks and other heavy equipment.
Washington will turn into a virtual fortress ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration on Friday, as the U.S. capital braces for more than a quarter-million protesters expected during the Republican's swearing-in.
About 28,000 security personnel, miles (kilometers) of fencing, roadblocks, street barricades and dump trucks laden with sand will be part of the security cordon clamped around 3 square miles (almost 8 square km) of central Washington.
"If we do have a mass arrest, we'll be able to get people processed very quickly," he said in an interview with Washington's NBC 4 television station.