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By Sydney Brown
Washington State Journal 

Capitol campus remains under guard


January 21, 2021

Mark Schoesler

Protesters can be seen from inside the Capitol building.

OLYMPIA -Hundreds of Washington State Patrol troopers and National Guardsmen will continue to surround the Capitol Campus through the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Patrol spokesman Chris Loftis said the National Guard will provide up to 750 troops, and some will be armed. All patrol troopers are armed.

"Significant," but temporary, fencing surrounds the legislative buildings and offices. It was erected more than a week ago, and prevents public access to proceedings, galleries and the offices of lawmakers and the governor, among others.

"I don't know that you could up security a...

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