High alert ahead of Biden's inauguration

In light of the recent events on Capitol Hill, and the highly charged public debate in the US, the Secret Service has gone on high alert ahead of the 20th of this month 

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Unprecedented security measures are being taken ahead of the inauguration of the new president of the US, and all of the country's security agencies have set special budgets to finance the large-scale operation to secure the ceremony and the new president. The Secret Service will place a large cordon around the buildings of Capitol Hill. The FBI warns of "armed protests" on the day of the inauguration, and the National Guard will place 15,000 troops in the capital. All of these measures will be taken this week before the day of the inauguration on January 20, very early compared to inauguration ceremonies in the past, because of the events of last week.    

Reuters reports that the security around Joe Biden has been tightened. A line of special vehicles is already blocking all of the roads leading to the Biden family home in Greenville, Delaware. The huge jeeps were not placed in a line, but in a zig-zag formation that prevents the family home from being seen from the street. The bus stop on the street was closed and a giant truck is blocking the small building used as Biden's TV studio.  

The number of those invited to the ceremony is smaller than in the past due to COVID-19, and following the events on Capitol Hill the organizers have reduced the list even more. On the day of the ceremony, Biden will be escorted to the White House by armed guards, and that will also be the case when he makes the traditional visit by every new president on inauguration day to Arlington National Cemetery, along with three former presidents. 

Donald Trump will not be present.