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Bowser urges people to avoid DC as National Guard plans to have at least 10,000 troops in city

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Members of the DC National Guard provide traffic control at an intersection near a rally at Freedom Plaza Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday urged Americans to avoid the city during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week and to participate virtually following last week's deadly domestic terror attack on the US Capitol.

Washington (CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday urged Americans to avoid the city during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week and to participate virtually following last week's deadly domestic terror attack on the US Capitol.

Meanwhile, the National Guard has plans to have at least 10,000 troops in the city by the end of the week, with up to 13,000 possible, as law enforcement in the nation's capital and around the country brace for further extremist violence amid the transition of power.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Bowser, a Democrat, warned of an "immediate threat to our democracy" and said "Trumpism won't die on January 20. " She has asked Trump and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to declare a pre-disaster declaration for DC.

"Our goals right now are to encourage Americans to participate virtually and to protect the District of Columbia from a repeat of the violent insurrection experienced at the Capitol and its grounds on January 6," Bowser said.

The National Park Service also announced Monday that it will close the Washington Monument to visitors for more than two weeks, a time period that includes the inauguration.

A senior defense official told CNN on Monday that National Guard troops who are already earmarked for the inauguration are beginning to arrive, and the plan is to have 10,000 in the city by Saturday.

The Army is currently working on new requests from the DC government, Park Police and US Capitol Police, so the number of forces could still grow higher, the official said.

CNN reported on Sunday that the actual number could go as high as 13,000 guardsmen at the time of the inauguration.

There is a full rehearsal with troops this week in DC.

Currently there 6,200 National Guard members who already been mobilized in the wake of last week's attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters.

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