German parliament will increase safety after unrest within the US Capitol: newspaper

© Reuters. An overview of the German lower house in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – Security in the Bundestag was increased after the storming of the Capitol in Washington by rioters last week, Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble told the legislature, Bild reported weekly on Sunday.

“The Berlin state police have had their armed forces strengthened around the Reichstag building,” she quoted Schaueble in a letter to the legislature.

A spokeswoman for the Bundestag confirmed that Schäuble had written to the legislature about the current situation, but refused to give details of the content of the letter.

Bild am Sonntag also reported that Schäuble had asked the State Department for a report on the violence in Washington and “would clarify with the Federal Government and the State of Berlin which conclusions should be drawn for the security of the Bundestag”.

Disgruntled supporters of US President Donald Trump, who was voted out of office in November, broke into the Washington Capitol, the seat of the US House of Representatives and the Senate, on Wednesday. Five people died, including a police officer.

In Berlin, protesters against coronavirus restrictions stormed the steps of the parliament building during a demonstration in August. Some waved the right-wing extremist Reichsflagge flag.

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