22 photos showing how the safety of the Capitol has changed

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President Donald Trump fueled a violent insurgency on Capitol Hill last week. Yesterday, the House of Representatives launched a new impeachment procedure. Security on Capitol Hill came under heavy criticism during riots that left at least five people dead, but it was clear no one wanted to take any chances with the House vote.

Security was tightened on Wednesday all around the Capitol. Barricades were placed at several corners of the building. Police and National Guard officers check badges so that no one can enter the perimeter, even on foot.

Inside the building, the contrast was even greater. Instead of an angry crowd, there were members of the National Guard, who had settled in the huge rotunda and near two entrances to the building, including the entrance usually used by the president-elect on the inauguration just a week ago, was the target of rioters.

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