German Authorities Beef Up Bundestag Police Guard After US Capitol Protest

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A German newspaper report suggested moves to reinforce the police guard at the Reichstag building in Berlin was in response to the occupation of the US Capitol building during Wednesday’s Stop the Steal protests in Washington DC. But in August, anti-lockdown protesters forced their way into the seat of the Bundestag.

Germany’s lower house of parliament has beefed up security — several days after protesters prompted an evacuation of the US Congress as it met to confirm Joe Biden as president-elect.

Bundestag President Wolfgang Schaeuble informed Bundestag members in a letter, quoted by Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

The speaker has also reportedly asked the Foreign Ministry for a report on Wednesday’s protests at the US Capitol building in Washington DC, to “clarify with the federal government and the state of Berlin what conclusions should be drawn for Bundestag security”.

A Bundestag spokeswoman confirmed Schaeuble had written to MPs, but would not comment on the contents of the letter.

Tensions remain high in the US after several hundred people surrounded the seat of the US Congress and forced their way inside following a far-larger rally in support of US President Donald Trump’s claims of ballot fraud in the November 3 presidential election. 

Protester Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old US Air Force veteran, was shot by Capitol police on Wednesday while trying to climb through a broken internal window to get to the House of…

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