Violent supporters of President Donald Trump have breached the Capitol in Washington, as lawmakers met to substantiate President-elect Joe Biden’s ballot win.
In dramatic scenes, demonstrators swarmed the constructing as Congress members had been escorted out by police.
Mr Biden stated it was an “revolt”, and Mr Trump launched a video message asking supporters to go house.
The joint session of Congress certifying Mr Biden’s win has been suspended and compelled into recess.
There are stories of weapons drawn within the constructing and not less than one particular person shot. A girl was reported to be in a vital situation and several other police had been injured.
There was an armed confrontation on the doorways of the Home of Representatives. Tear gasoline has additionally been used.
Rioters had been seen marching by way of the constructing chanting “We would like Trump” and one was photographed within the Senate president’s chair.
Washington police stated it was clear the gang was intent on utilizing chemical irritants to power entry to the constructing.
The most recent stories say the steps of the Capitol have now been cleared.
However there may be little signal that the protesters are obeying Mr Trump’s name to go house, regardless of a citywide curfew declared by town mayor from 18:00 to 06:00 (23:00 to 11:00 GMT).
Mr Trump recorded a video message on Twitter calling on supporters to depart the Capitol, however persevering with to make unsubstantiated claims that Democrats had stolen the election.
“I do know your ache, I do know you are damage,” he stated. “It’s a must to go house now, now we have to have peace… we do not need anyone damage.”
Mr Biden stated the demonstration “borders on sedition and it should finish now”.
“At this hour our democracy is beneath unprecedented assault,” he stated.
Political figures internationally expressed shock. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned “disgraceful scenes” and referred to as for a “peaceable and orderly switch of energy”.
Mr Trump’s spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, tweeted that the Nationwide Guard was being deployed.
At President @realDonaldTrump’s course, the Nationwide Guard is on the best way together with different federal protecting providers.
We reiterate President Trump’s name towards violence and to stay peaceable.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 6, 2021
Troops and police have additionally been mobilised in neighbouring states, and the FBI has been deployed to assist Capitol police.
There are additionally stories of protests at state legislatures across the nation.
‘Give up the constructing to us’
By Laura Trevelyan, BBC Information, Washington
On the steps of Capitol Hill, lots of of loyal Trump supporters are packed carefully collectively, as close by armed law enforcement officials preserve a watchful eye.
The temper right here is tense and defiant.
“We’re not [expletive] Antifa!” one man screams on the police, referring to the unfastened coalition of “anti-fascist” activists that oppose Mr Trump.
Trump loyalists close to him wave placards that say “present us the ballots”.
“All we would like is for the Capitol police to face down, and give up the constructing to us,” says one man to information cameras, as he’s filmed by different Trump supporters.
The conviction right here is that the election was stolen from President Trump, and the lawmakers contained in the constructing ought to do their obligation and one way or the other award the election to him.
By no means thoughts that election officers have licensed the outcomes and the courts have thrown out Trump marketing campaign lawsuits alleging fraud as a result of there is no proof.
It is a siege mentality right here, as phrase spreads by way of the gang that the Nationwide Guard is on its technique to the Capitol.
What had been the protesters focusing on?
A joint session of Congress was being held to certify Mr Biden’s election victory on 3 November.
The proceedings are normally temporary and ceremonial however Republican lawmakers have been objecting to some outcomes.
For days Mr Trump had additionally been placing stress on Mr Pence, who’s presiding over the session, to dam certification of the outcome.
However in a letter to Congress on Wednesday, Mr Pence stated that he had no “unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes must be counted”.
The protesters arrived on the Capitol from a “Save America Rally”, the place Mr Trump had urged them to help these legislators opposing Mr Biden’s affirmation.
Mr Trump has refused to concede the three November election, repeatedly alleging fraud with out offering any proof.
On Wednesday, he stated once more: “We are going to by no means hand over. We are going to by no means concede.”
He has additionally tried to throw doubt on the integrity of Tuesday’s Senate run-off votes within the southern, historically Republican, state of Georgia. Projections by US TV networks recommend the Democrats have gained one of many seats and are neck-and-neck for the second seat.
If the Democrats win each they’ll acquire efficient management of the Senate – one thing that may assist Mr Biden push ahead his agenda after he’s inaugurated as president on 20 January.