National Mall closed for Biden inauguration amid security fears

Washington (AFP) – The National Mall in downtown Washington will be closed because of security concerns until after Wednesday’s inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden, the National Park Service said Friday. The Mall, which is normally packed with people every four years for presidential inaugurations, is being declared off-limits at the request of the Secret Service, which ensures the security of the president, the Park Service said. The grassy expanse, where Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, will be closed from 11:00 am (1600 GMT) on Friday through at l…

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