(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser’s request to activate 340 members of the D.C. National Guard has been approved by the Pentagon. The motion was made ahead of a slate pf planned demonstrations that will coincide when Congress is scheduled to certify the 2020 presidential election results on Wednesday.
Thousands of people are expected to descend upon the nations capital in support of President Donald Trump, who claims the election was rigged and stolen from him. Multiple recounts, reviews and investigations have found no evidence of fraud or election tampering.
Mayor Bowser has since encouraged all D.C.-natives to avoid the downtown area on Wednesday over fears that chaos and violence may erupt.
The D.C. National Guard said in a statement Monday, “Approximately 340 personnel will support the city government Jan. 5 to 7 by providing crowd control at several Metro stations and assist police with street closures at multiple intersections to provide safety in and around pedestrian areas.”
The National Guardsmen will work in day and night shift. It is expected that roughly 100 individuals will be working at any given time at local traffic control checkpoints. By placing National Guardsmen at traffic check points, that gives D.C. police officers more flexibility to monitor the demonstrations and intercede if necessary.
“No one’s going to be armed or (wearing) body armor or anything like that,” a National Guard official told ABC News. “What they need is traffic control.”
In addition, a chemical biological response team will also be on hand, a decision that may have been influenced by the bomb that detonated in Nashville, Tennessee on Christmas.