The White House is closing the hatches for Election Day by building a "non-scalable" fence around the perimeter of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Heavy barricades around 800 meters long were erected on Monday afternoon, blocking the Ellipse, a large green space south of the White House, and Lafayette Square to the north.
The high-performance material used – similar to the one used during protests against Black Lives Matter in June – is said to deter climbers with welded wire mesh, which is very difficult to cut and is so tightly woven that it is almost impossible to gain a foothold.
The potential for election-related unrest, especially if no result is announced on Tuesday, has also prompted Washington Metro police to put 250 National Guards on standby. NBC News reported.
The extensive security measures come as President Donald Trump prepares to hold a massive indoor election party at the White House.
The guest list for Trump's party includes 400 of his closest allies, advisers, and loyalists.
In anticipation of the election day riot in Washington, DC, a massive, non-scalable fence was erected in front of the White House on Monday afternoon
A reinforced barrier can be seen at an intersection near the White House on Monday afternoon
The barricades are intended to deter climbers if protests break out on election day
Activists have already taped anti-Trump messages on sections of the fence
Donald Trump (who arrives at Michigan’s Cherry Capital Airport on Monday night for a rally) plans to hold an indoor party for 400 people at the White House on election night
Concerns about election day turmoil are not confined to the White House as cities across the country have boarded up shops, storefronts, office buildings, restaurants, hotels and other properties in anticipation of possible violence.
Polls in the days leading up to the election show Trump is lagging behind Democratic challenger Joe Biden, although competition is closer in the competitive states that will determine the outcome.
It is unclear how many results will be known Tuesday night, as experts have speculated it could take weeks to declare a winner, which could potentially spark days of protests.
The barricades that have been erected around the White House include the Ellipse, a 52-acre park often referred to as the "front yard of the nation," and Lafayette Square, which has historically been one of America's most famous demonstration venues.
Crews have been instructed to put up the additional fences as the nation's capital prepares for election night riot as results begin filtering on Tuesday
The fence spans the entire White House complex, including Lafayette Square and the Ellipse
The crews worked on the White House fence long after sunset on Monday evening
Workers put up metal plates as they build a fence near the White House Monday night
Mayor Muriel Bowser said she had not decided whether to use National Guard troops for election-related violence, although some troops remain activated during the coronavirus pandemic.
The capital's police chief Peter Newsham said his entire department would be working on election day.
The department reportedly spent tens of thousands of dollars on chemical irritants and other less lethal ammunition to fight civil unrest after much of the agency's inventory ran out during the summer protests.
According to representatives of the White House, the solid white wall is said to be "unscalable" and act as another barrier that prevents potential protesters or rioters from reaching the White House
Signs posted near the White House remind that firearms are prohibited on federal properties. You are within 300 meters of the spot where the lamp post with the sign was attached
Newsham said there are currently no "credible threats of violence" but a number of groups have requested permission to hold large demonstrations.
"We ask people if they will come. We salute the people who come here in the District of Columbia to exercise their First Amendment rights, but we will not tolerate violence or riot," he said.
Activists in the country's capital are banding together on election day, pooling resources, delivering training for protesters, forming quick-reacting teams and organizing events that are expected to attract large crowds.
A group of groups led by Black Lives Matter and Shutdown DC are planning an eight-hour event at Black Lives Matter Plaza, one block from the White House.
There will be a giant screen showing election results, DJs and performances by bands playing Washington's go-go music.
Meanwhile, President Trump is preparing to host his own soiree at the White House.
A photographer peers through the signs on the fence around the White House
The potential for election-related unrest, particularly if no result is released on Tuesday, has prompted Washington Metro police to put 250 National Guardsmen on standby
Barriers can be seen near boarded-up buildings in Black Lives Matter Square on Friday
Washington facilities began boarding their first-floor windows in preparation for likely election night violence and riot
Businesses, office buildings and restaurants put wooden planks in their windows to prevent them from being damaged in the event of possible unrest
A White House official said Sunday that all 400 or so attendees will be tested for COVID-19 ahead of the meeting in the coronavirus pandemic – as public health officials recommend holding all outdoor mass events to reduce the risk of spreading the disease .
Biden plans to spend election night in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.
The President's Tuesday night party was originally supposed to be held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC, just blocks from the White House.
Campaign emails even advertised that donors could participate in order to win a trip to attend the party at the hotel where Trump was supposed to perform.
However, the New York Times reported Friday that the president had abandoned plans to show up at his hotel and preferred to watch the return from the White House.
The East Room, which is likely to house guests for the party, is the largest room in the White House mansion.
Despite warnings from health officials about the risks of large gatherings amid the prevailing coronavirus pandemic, Trump has continued to bring together large groups of people for rallies and outdoor events at the White House.
“So we have a hotel. I don't know if it's shut down, whether you can use it or not, ”Trump said on Friday.
“But I know the Mayor of Washington DC has closed. And if that's the case, we'll likely stay here or find another location. I think it's crazy. Washington DC is closed. Can you imagine? & # 39; he said.
Current restrictions in Washington amid the pandemic prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people indoors.
A number of people who attended the September 26 event in the Rose Garden, which announced Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, later tested positive for the virus. The outbreak caused Trump, First Lady Melania, and their son Barron, among about a dozen others, to contract COVID.
For weeks there has been a black chain link fence separating people from the White House fence on the Lafayette Square side – and people have posted signs in the fence calling for Trump's impeachment
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