Crews began dismantling the remaining fence around the U.S. Capitol Saturday morning as U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers and members of the public watched.
Following the January 6 uprising, officials installed two layers of fences blocking the Capitol. Although the large perimeter fence was removed in March, the inner layer of fences remained closer to the Capitol itself, preventing the public from entering the grounds.
On Saturday, crews arrived and began taking the inner layer down between 6 p.m. 8 and 9 ET. The fence is dismantled beginning on the Senate side by the Capitol, working around to the side of the house.
Fences around U.S. capital are expected to come down starting July 8th
Capitol police told Fox News that no other fence will be installed closer to the actual Capitol building, and that all the public are welcome to enter the premises and walk around. The public had been prevented from entering the Capitol grounds for more than six months after January 6th.
Cheers could be heard from members of the public riding at the Capitol on bicycles as the fence began to come down.
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This week, the House passed legislation to set up a select committee that focuses solely on research riot, a move that was hailed by Republicans as too biased, but hailed by Democrats as necessary to give the American people a full account of what happened during the deadly attack.
Fox News is told that there are still issues that are still around USCP has the resources to protect the Capitol.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.