Pro-Donald Trump supporters invaded the United States Capitol, in Washington DC, Wednesday, as congress prepared to certify Democratic party candidate, Joe Biden’s win in the November 3 Presidential poll, disrupting the process and forcing the lawmakers to seek shelter in the basement of the building.
The action led to the joint session to be held up as the House of Representatives floor had to be evacuated, and Congress going into recess.
The DC mayor has implemented a curfew.
Before the riots began, Republicans in both chambers had planned to object to the count and delay the inevitable certification of Biden’s win.
Video from inside the Capitol showed Trump supporters marching through Statuary Hall.
Meanwhile, the US Capitol Police called for additional law enforcement for assistance in containing the protests, including federal authorities, per a source familiar.
Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters had pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs. About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building.
Congress went into recess, halting the certification process, and the House floor was evacuated.
Vice President Mike Pence, who was overseeing the vote on the Electoral College results, had to be immediately evacuated to safety.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, said the curfew announced earlier will remain in effect until Thursday.
Reacting to the development, President Donald Trump said: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Earlier in the day, in the hours before the Capitol was breached, President Trump encouraged his supporters to protest at the US Capitol.