On New Year’s Eve Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a letter to the commanding general of the DC National Guard, Major General William J. Walker, asking for the Guard’s presence in her city from January 5th through January 7th.
A United States defense official has said that they will be used for “traffic control and other assistance” and will not be armed.
The letter, which was posted on The Last Refuge, reads in part:
“[…] First Amendment demonstrations permitted by the National Park Service are scheduled to occur in the District of Columbia on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 and Wednesday, January 6, 2021. As a result, District Government requests DC National Guard (DCNG) support, as these demonstrations follow similar events on November 14, 2020 and December 12, 2020, which resulted in a large influx of participants, violence and criminal activity.”
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“The District of Columbia is requesting personnel for the DCNG. Further, DCNG will support operations for both the Metropolitan Police Department and the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Finally, no DCNG personnel shall be armed during this mission, and at no time, will DCNG personnel or assets be engaged in domestic surveillance, searches, or seizures of US persons.”
So Bowser has prepared to use the National Guard in advance for Stop the Steal protests yet dragged her feet in using the Guard to help stop violent Antifa and BLM riots over the summer? Funny how that works…
Four months ago Bowser announced that she would consider recommendations from the DCFACES Working Group on which monuments to “remove or relocate.” The list included monuments of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Christopher Columbus, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Francis Griffith Newlands, and Albert Pike: