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United States: the National Guard camps in the Capitol (photos)

Striking images, dozens of soldiers spent the night inside the Congress building, still sleeping on the floor in the rooms and corridors even as elected officials arrived.

BConcrete locs, police flashing lights, national guards in fatigues and armed, security is maximum Wednesday morning in central Washington, where Congress votes on a second historic “impeachment” of Donald Trump.

Ghost town for several months following the health and economic crises and then anti-racist demonstrations, the federal capital is now the reflection of a country on edge, under tension, still shaken by the events of January 6 at the Capitol.

The National Guard, an internal military force, now protects the premises with armed men, bulletproof vests and combat uniform. The elected representatives of the House of Representatives are locked there to decide on an indictment of the Republican president, the second of his term.

Striking images, dozens of soldiers spent the night inside the Congress building, still sleeping on the floor in the rooms and corridors even as elected officials arrived.

The Capitol is surrounded by a security fence, just like the White House since last spring and the demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd, a symbol of police brutality against black Americans.

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