‘We feel incredibly betrayed’: Thousands of Guardsmen forced to vacate Capitol

Posted on 01-23-2021

“While I’m relieved that the situation was resolved, our troops should never have been moved off the Capitol complex. They’ve put their lives on hold to defend us – they deserve to be treated with respect.”  https://www.facebook.com/1717468191899835/posts/2683319398648038/?sfnsn=mo

Guardsmen were later let back into facilities after an outcry from lawmakers.

Thousands of National Guardsmen were allowed back into the Capitol Thursday night, hours after U.S. Capitol Police officials ordered them to vacate the facilities, sending them outdoors or to nearby parking garages after two weeks pulling security duty after the deadly riot on Jan. 6.

One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman. The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said. Temperatures in Washington were in the low 40s by nightfall.