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Warning for threat of new invasion to the Capitol this Thursday

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Capitol police, responsible for the security of the United States Congress, warned of the threat of a militia invading Congressional headquarters on Thursday, with links to a conspiracy theory.

The Capitol security agency said it “is aware of and prepared to any potential threat to members of Congress or to the Capitol Complex ”, after receiving information about a possible plan to force the entrance to the Capitol, on March 4.

The level of security was high and more resources were mobilized to ensure the protection of the Congress building.

“The department is working with our local, state and federal partners to prevent any threat to the Capitol. (…) Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we are unable to provide additional details at this time, ”the US police department responsible for Capitol security said in a statement.

Washington DC’s three airports and train stations were placed under increased vigilance, to guarantee the safe movement of the congressmen, and the vacations and vacations of the agents were canceled, writes the RTP.

Although the statement did not provide further details about the threat, it appears to be linked to beliefs that circulate in the far-right conspiracy movement QAnon, who believes that on March 4, Donald Trump will be invested as President of the USA, for a second term.

This information comes on the day that the Capitol’s acting chief of police, Yogananda Pittman, revealed that there was an increase of more than 93% in the number of threats received by members of Congress in the first two months of this year, compared to the same period. last year.

At the end of February, an FBI official said the US federal internal investigation and security organization was following talks between far-right groups about a new action this Thursday.

The matter was discussed last week at the Armed Services Committee, when its chairman, Adam Smith, said the idea of ​​a new attack on the Capitol was “circulating online”.

Pittman, who spoke before a House of Representatives subcommittee, said most of the suspects behind these threats live outside the United States’ capital.

The new threat comes almost two months after supporters of Donald Trump participated in a conspiracy and subsequent invasion of the Capitol.

Sofia Teixeira Santos Sofia Teixeira Santos, ZAP //

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