A misunderstanding of paramedics at a baseball stadium in Washington on Wednesday evening (local time) forced the U.S. House of Representatives building to be vacated for some time. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat Speaker of the US House of Representatives, said the FAA had caused “unnecessary panic”.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Wednesday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. A few minutes later, the danger was declared over and the Capitol was evacuated “only as a precaution.”
Pelosi said the eviction was the result of the FAA’s “apparent negligence”, which failed to notify Capitol Police that a paramedic stunt was being carried out at the nearby Nationals Stadium. The military plane that flew unannounced over the parliament building rang all the alarm bells. However, the device became part of a military commendation night event at the baseball ground.
In a statement, Pelosi said, “The unwanted panic caused by this is particularly devastating, especially for those who have experienced more trauma since January 6, 2021.” It is then very tightly secured.
According to Pelosi, the authorities are “investigating exactly what went wrong and who in the aviation authority could be held responsible for this heinous and frightening mistake”.
There were not many people in the parliament building as the Senate and House of Representatives were not present at the time of the eviction. Following a police order, people were allowed to return to the Capitol.
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