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Those who ventured out on the empty, dismal streets of our nation’s capitol on Sunday were taken aback by what they saw.
“It feels like a military state or just like living in extra lockdown,” said Brian Broderick, a Washington resident who was walking his dog near the Smithsonian on Sunday morning. He added that the security fences that had been erected reflected the divisions in society and, in some way, also “influence and reinforce” those divisions.
“It’s really tragic that we can’t find ways to engage in politics more civilly than this… All these fences, all of this equipment and gear to protect us from each other is pretty pathetic…