National Guard units stationed in Washington after the January 6 riots left the area around the US Congress complex. As a Free News correspondent was able to verify on Sunday, the soldiers of this reserve of the Ground Forces and the Air Force are no longer on duty near the Capitol.
2,149 Guardsmen were stationed in the metropolitan District of Columbia. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday that his department has not received a request to extend the deployment of military personnel after May 23.
The perimeter of the Capitol is still surrounded by a metal fence, on which the warnings “The territory is closed” are visible. You can only get inside the perimeter with a pass. The police officer on duty at the checkpoint showed vigilance when a civilian appeared, but when he saw the accreditation press card, he missed it without any questions. On the way, the correspondent met only one employee of the National Guard. There are several patrol cars posted outside the Capitol perimeter. Periodically, participants of motorcycle and bike rides arrive at the complex, which ends with collective photography.