USA: The fence around the Capitol will remain for several months

Capitol Police in Washington informed congressmen that the fence around the legislative palace will remain for several more months while law enforcement agencies investigate threats against lawmakers, a source familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The Capitol’s protective body suggested that the barrier remain in place until at least September, in part because law enforcement agencies are investigating threats against legislators and against the building itself, the source said.

The threats vary in their specificity and credibility, but include messages on the internet between extremist groups to return to the Capitol in the coming weeks, the source told the AP, who requested anonymity in order to report on the matter.

The fence, according to Capitol Police, is necessary to prevent a repeat of the January 6 assault, when fanatical supporters of then-President Donald Trump flocked to the compound in an attempt to prevent the ratification of Joe Biden’s election victory, indicated by the informant who asked not to be identified.

However, it is not clear if the fence will actually stand as many congressmen have called for it to be dismantled.

More than 40 Republicans signed a letter two weeks ago calling on the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi to remove the fence and allow thousands of National Guard troops dispatched to the nation’s capital after the assault on the January 6th.

Lawmakers expressed concern about the possibility of the barrier becoming permanent.

“It is time to heal the wounds and remove the fence so that the nation can move forward,” says the letter.