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The unthinkable images of the Capitol under military guard

The Pentagon authorized the use of National Guard troops to maintain security in the capital a week before Joe Biden's inauguration. Now soldiers can be seen resting in the Capitol Visitor Center, patroling with assault rifles past historic statues and paintings as members of Congress conduct their duties. READ MORE: What is the future of the Republic party after Trump?
16 Ene 2021 – 11:17 AM EST
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Members of the National Guard walk through the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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Soliders grab a break in the US Capitol, where protection was dramatically increased after a mob invaded the building on Jan 6 to try and halt the certification of election results. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, walks past members of the National Guard as he arrives at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching US President Donald Trump. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021. National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the Capitol and individual members of Congress and their staff, according to a National Guard Bureau media release. This was requested by federal authorities and authorized by the secretary of the Army. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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Members of the National Guard take a rest in the Rotunda of the US Capitol. The Pentagon has authorized up to 21,000 National Guard troops from around the country to assist law enforcement with security surrounding the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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Members of the National Guard standing in Statuary Hall of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021. National Guard missions are generally conducted to assist civil authorities whose capabilities or capability is insufficient to meet current requirements, including protecting American lives and critical U.S. infrastructure. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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National Guard soldiers carrying assault rifles walk through the Rotunda of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 13, 2021. The Pentagon authorized deployment of the Guard for up to 30 days for the inauguration and surrounding protests. Pentagon officials approved requests to have some Guard members armed with either assault rifles or handguns, particularly those Guard members assigned near the U.S. Capitol. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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The Statue of Freedom looks down over resting National Guard soldiers, the focal point of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, January 13, 2021. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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The outside of the US Capitol is seen with a US flag at half-staff in Washington, DC, January 12, 2021. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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Barbed wire is installed on the top of a security fence surrounding the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 14, 2021, ahead of the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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US National Guard soldiers guard the grounds of the US Capitol from behind a security fence in Washington, DC, on January 9, 2021. Crédito: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images
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Members of the National Guard patrol outside of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 12, 2021 in preparation for the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden. Crédito: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images
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