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Razor wire steel fences around the US Capitol complex that cost $1.2 million a week and cut off access to locals have finally been removed more than two months after deadly riots

 Razor wire steel fences and road blocks around the US Capitol complex have finally been removed more than two months after the deadly riots - but an inner layer of barricades will still remain around the building for now. 

The imposing 7-foot fence line that has cut off the entire area to pedestrians and traffic since the January 6 riots has now been heavily scaled back. 

Photos taken this week show just how drastically the area has changed since the fencing was erected and tens of thousands of National Guardsmen were brought in to patrol the area. 

Pedestrians are now able to access the area and vehicles can now drive on roads that have been shut for two months. 

Capitol police confirmed on Wednesday that the fencing on the outer perimeter of the complex has been taken down and local streets in the vicinity have reopened. 


The inner perimeter of fencing, which is directly around the Capitol building, will stay up while authorities and lawmakers continue to try and hash out a long-term plan for security. 

Strings of razor wire atop the remaining fence has now also been removed. 

As part of the scaling back, Independence and Constitution avenues, the two major thoroughfares that flank the Capitol, have reopened opened for traffic for the first time in months. 

The fencing had cost roughly $1.2 million a week to remain up.

Capitol Police said they were ready to 'quickly ramp up security at a moment's notice' if it was needed.  

The political pressure to remove the security fencing has been building for several weeks now. 

Lawmakers from both parties have decried the fencing as unsightly, expensive and beyond what is necessary.

Members of Congress have described their unease at arriving for work each day in what can feel like a war zone, with checkpoints and National Guard troops lining the perimeter fence.  


Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, had compared it to a combat zone in Afghanistan, saying 'we are way overreacting'. The No. 2 Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin, had called it 'ghastly.' 

Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert repeatedly slammed the security and branded it 'Fort Pelosi'. 

The heightened security measures had been in place since the January 6 riots when crowds of MAGA supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed attempt to overturn Biden's election win. 

Five people died after the rioters, many who have since been charged, stormed the building. 

As many as 20,000 National Guardsmen were brought in to patrol the fence perimeters throughout Washington DC in the aftermath of the riots and the days either side of Biden's inauguration. 

At least 5,000 National Guard troops remained in DC the weeks to follow and Capitol Police last week asked to extend the deployment of nearly 2,300 troops for an additional two months. 

The National Guardsmen on duty at the Capitol has cost more than $500 million since the riots. 

Business owners and residents in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol hailed the decision to remove the fences. 

Some restaurants inside the perimeter haven't been able to open since they were blocked off on January 6.

Capitol police confirmed on Wednesday that the fencing on the outer perimeter of the complex has been taken down and local streets in the vicinity have reopened

Capitol police confirmed on Wednesday that the fencing on the outer perimeter of the complex has been taken down and local streets in the vicinity have reopened

Strings of razor wire atop the remaining fence has now also been removed. The inner perimeter of fencing, which is directly around the Capitol building, will stay up while authorities and lawmakers continue to try and has out a long-term plan for security

Strings of razor wire atop the remaining fence has now also been removed. The inner perimeter of fencing, which is directly around the Capitol building, will stay up while authorities and lawmakers continue to try and has out a long-term plan for security

2 comments:

  1. lease it to DISNEY WORLD as a history vacation site!!!
    keep the congress pukes at home in the states that elected them and let the local voters watch them everyday!!! They do noth9ng but cheat ,do no real work and dont even read what they sign. teleconference any congressional activity!!

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  2. Americans trying to get into their Capitol kept out by razor wire fences. Non-Americans at the border welcomed over our border where fences are being abandoned.

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