Witness to a hyper-secure inauguration

Witness to a hyper-secure inauguration
Where did all the flowers go? Streets of D.C., pre-inauguration. RFI English video, YouTube

[Ed. – One person’s first-hand view.  You might say the 2021 inauguration was solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.]

As I grabbed some coffee before heading to the Capitol Building to watch the 46th President of the United States of America take his title, the lovely lady behind the counter told me she had never seen anything like this in D.C. in her life. …

There is no one here. And I am not saying that in the weird competitive way people talk about crowd sizes as a measure of popularity. …

What I mean is that there is literally no one here. Even pressed up to the gates within sight of the Capitol Building there is barely a handful of Biden supporters — alongside a small gaggle of media, scratching about, trying to find something to film. …

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If you wanted to create the illusion that the Trump administration turned America into a war zone, what better way than to make D.C. a green zone, build ramparts and blockades, and fill it with troops, trucks, and men with weapons?

Republicans, particularly white Republicans, are now tarnished with the label ‘domestic terrorists’ and are all policed as such. I can feel the eyes of the plainclothes officers on me as I move about in D.C. One photographs my face, then slips away.

And yet on Black Lives Matter Plaza, just a block or two from the White House, BLM protesters seem to enjoy special privileges. The entry point to this place remains relatively open and welcoming, their music system gives the place a party feel, and there are no National Guards visible here.

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