Fencing has been reinstalled around the United States Capitol in preparation for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
“A plan has been approved to put up the inner-perimeter fence around the Capitol building” for the speech, Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said in a statement on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.
The measure, Manger said, was also taken in light of “the possibility of demonstrations in the next couple of weeks.”
“I have also requested support from outside law enforcement agencies as well as the National Guard to assist with our security precautions,” he added.
Truckers in the United States are reportedly planning protests similar to those in Canada during Biden’s State of the Union address.
According to another statement issued by Capitol Police on Sunday, several roads surrounding the Capitol will be closed to traffic beginning Tuesday evening.
The Pentagon has authorised the deployment of hundreds of unarmed National Guard members to assist police with traffic control in Washington, D.C.