The pictures of a tense investiture in the USA

Joe Biden was named President of the United States at 12:00 noon (US time) on January 20th at the Capitol in Washington DC. The tension was palpable around the emblematic construction of democracy, in which supporters of Donald Trump had penetrated two weeks earlier. The Covid-19 pandemic and its more than 400,000 deaths in the United States, but also the attitude of outgoing President Donald Trump have only added to the weirdness of this 59th American inauguration ceremony, which is surrounded by a plumbing chain and drastic security measures.

January 20, 2021 in Washington. A box of American flags is distributed on the National Mall in downtown Washington prior to the Joe Biden and Kamala Harris housewarming ceremony.

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