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Violent rioters who are loyal to U S. President Donald Trump stormed the US. Capitol on Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to go into hiding in a jaw-dropping attempt to overthrow the American presidential election, undermine the nation’s democracy, and prevent Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House

A woman has been confirmed to have been shot. National Guard and state and federal police have been called in for checks, and rare curfews have been imposed in Washington and the nearby suburbs of Virginia

The rioters were attacked for weeks by Trump, who had launched a spate of false attacks on the integrity of the results since the November presidential election while gathering his supporters outside the White House on Wednesday morning, telling them to march to the Capitol but later – hours after they fought the police and broke through the building – he told them in a video that although they were “very special people” and he supported their cause, they “should go home in peace” “

Aside from two tweets and that minute-long video, Trump was largely exempt from occupying a national government headquarters.It was Vice President Mike Pence, not Trump, who spoke to senior defense leaders about the National Guard call-up

President-elect Biden had stated two weeks before his inauguration in Wilmington, Delaware: “I urge President Trump to go on national television now to keep his oath to defend the constitution and to call for an end to this siege”p>

Biden said democracy was “facing an unprecedented attack,” a sentiment that has been affirmed by many in Congress, including some Republicans

Former President George W Bush said in a statement: “So the election results are controversial in a banana republic – not in our democratic republic” Without actually naming Trump, he said the attack on the Capitol “was undertaken by people whose passions were kindled by falsehoods and false hopes The uprising could seriously damage our nation and our reputation “

Even for a Capitol building that has been home to centuries of protests and even violence – including a 1954 shootout with Puerto Rican nationalists – the events on Wednesday were astounding as they were, at least initially, with the blessing of the president and also because of the underlying character appeared to aim to reverse the results of a legitimate presidential election

The chaotic unrest halted the constitutional counting of the Electoral College results by Congress in which Biden defeated Trump 306-232 Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell tried to prevent Congress from formally protesting these results on Wednesday, and he did said at the beginning of the trial that Trump had clearly lost

The normally mundane process by Congress to certify a new president on Wednesday has always been exceptional Trump’s Republican supporters vowed to protest the state-confirmed election results, but even the unusual considerations, which included Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader McConnell, defying Trump’s demands, were quickly overtaken by chaos p>

In one rough, runaway scene, Trump supporters battled past the police and broke through the building, yelling and waving Trump and American flags as they marched through the halls, according to a person familiar with the situation, a person was shot dead in the Capitol This person’s condition was unknown. At least one explosive device was found, but law enforcement said it was not a threat

When it got dark, police officers worked their way up to the rioters and tried to clear the area around the Capitol with the help of grenades. Large clouds of tear gas were visible The police in full riot gear went down the steps and clashed with protesters

It was a frightening scene for lawmakers instructed to take extraordinary measures for their own safety.The rioters abruptly interrupted the Congressional process in an eerie scene that contained official warnings instructing people to duck under their seats and put on gas masks after tear gas was used in the Capitol rotunda.Some lawmakers in the House tweeted that they are taking refuge in their offices

Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif, told reporters he was in the chamber of the house when the rioters started storming them. Security guards “let us all down, you could see they were repelling some sort of attack, it looked like you had a piece of furniture on the door, the door, the access to the floor of the rotunda, and they had guns drawn, “said Peters

“And they just told us to take our pins off,” he added, referring to pins that members wear so Capitol police can quickly identify them. Then lawmakers were evacuated

During the evacuation, a clerk helped grab the boxes with the electoral college votes, Sen said otherwise Jeff Merkley, D-Ore The ballots would probably have been destroyed by the rioters

Trump supporters, who post on internet forums popular with far-right fringe elements, celebrated the chaos News posted on one shifted from profane frustration over the contents of Trump’s speech to joy as supporters stormed the building of at least one of the leaders Figures broadcast a livestream video from the Capitol during the siege

The Pentagon said about Jan.100 members of the Columbia District National Guard were mobilized to aid law enforcement in the Capitol

Pence was watched closely as he stepped onto the dais to preside over the meeting in the chamber of the house

Pence had a largely ceremonial role in opening the sealed envelopes from the States after they were carried in mahogany boxes used for the occasion and reading the results, but he was under increasing pressure from Trump, the will of the To overthrow voters and tip the results in the president’s favor, even though he had no legal authority to influence the result

But Pence defied Trump in a statement shortly before the presidency, saying he could not claim “unilateral authority” to reject the election votes that would make Biden president

Despite Trump’s repeated allegations of election fraud, election officials and his former attorney general have stated that there are no issues of a magnitude that would change the outcome.All states have confirmed their results as fair and accurate by Republican and Democratic officials alike

Arizona was the first of several states to face Republican objections when Congress read the election results alphabetically. Then chaos broke out

Associate press writers Andrew Taylor, Jill Colvin, Kevin Freking, Alan Fram, Ben Fox and Ashraf Khalil in Washington, and Bill Barrow in Atlanta contributed to this report

US. Capitol Police are holding protesters at gunpoint near the house chamber in the US Washington Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021 (Andrew Harnik / AP)

Police with guns drawn watch protesters attempt to break into the house chamber of the U. Washington Capitol on Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021 (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

Police officers aim their guns at a door opened during a joint congressional session on Jan. The Chamber of the House was destroyed in Washington, DC January 20, 2021 (Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Supporters of US. President Donald Trump enters the Capitol when, on Jan. January 2021 in Washington, DC, tear gas fills the corridor (Photo by Saul LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Images)

Trump supporters gather outside Capitol 6, 2021, in Washington (Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP)

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Trump supporters attempt to break a police cordon on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the Washington Capitol (AP Photo / John Minchillo)

Supporters of US. President Donald Trump protests Jan. January 2021 at Freedom Plaza in Washington (Erin Scott / Bloomberg / Getty Images / CNN)

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