The US Capitol building has been secured, a Capitol official said, four hours after rioters stormed the seat of government and entered the lawmakers’ chambers.
House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving told House members the building was cleared after they spent several hours in lockdown following evacuation as pro-Trump demonstrators forced their way into the Capitol.
Police gradually regaining control of Capitol Hill
Police are gradually regaining control as the pro-Trump protestors moved away from the building and law enforcement in Riot gear began massing.
A protester yelled “you guys killed an unarmed person”, an apparent reference to the woman shot inside the Capitol building.
A group of protestors stood face to face with a column of police formed outside the staff and member entrance to the Senate. Tear gas or pepper spray could be detected in the air
Journalists attacked at US Capitol
Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from the US Capitol, said that journalists had been targeted by pro-Trump supporters as they were cleared from the area.
Video footage showed protesters destroying camera equipment.
“There were some moments where the US capitol was completely, at least from what i saw, out of control of security personnel here,” he said.
Republican Sasse says ‘inevitable’ outcome of Trump’s conduct
Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who has not been afraid to criticise President Trump, released a blistering statement about the Capitol riots, saying, “This is not how we peacefully transfer power.”
“Today, the United States Capitol – the world’s greatest symbol of self-government – was ransacked while the leader of the free world cowered behind his keyboard,” Sasse said.
“Lies have consequences. This violence was the inevitable and ugly outcome of the President’s addiction to constantly stoking division.
Omar says she’s drawing up Articles of Impeachment for Trump
Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, has said she is “drawing up Articles of Impeachment” against Trump.
“Donald J Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives and removed from office by the United States Senate,” she tweeted after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.
“We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath,” she said.
Trump supporters not heeding direction to ‘go home’
Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo, reporting from the steps of the Capitol Building, said demonstrators “want to get their message out” and they believe there was widespread voter fraud, leading to Biden’s victory.
Trump released a video wherein he contended the election was “stolen”, but asked his supporters to go home peacefully.
“They’re simply not going to leave”, Elizondo said. “They’re not going to heed President Trump’s words to leave at this juncture.”
“Clearly they’re still here, as you can see…they say this is their chance to let everyone know how made they are.”
DC Police chief says protesters used chemical irritant
The police chief of Washington, DC, has said pro-Trump protesters deployed “chemical irritants” on police in order to break into the US Capitol.
Police Chief Robert Contee says officials have declared the scene a riot. One civilian was shot inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Thirteen arrests were made of people from out of the area.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said the behavior of the Trump supporters was “shameful, unpatriotic and above all is unlawful.” She added: “There will be law and order and this behavior will not be tolerated.”
Metropolitan police have been sent to the Capitol, and authorities were coming in from Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey to help out. The National Guard was also deployed, as were Homeland Security investigators and Secret Service.
DC National Guard fully activated: Pentagon chief
Acting US Defense Secretary Chris Miller, has said the entire DC National Guard had been activated and he was prepared to provide additional support if requested by local authorities.
“We have fully activated the DC National Guard to assist federal and local law enforcement as they work to peacefully address the situation,” Miller said.
Crowds begin to disperse around Capitol Hill as 6pm (23:00GMT) curfew nears
Protestors have been pushed off the US Capitol steps by police in riot gear as law enforcement encircled the east plaza where hundreds gathered, Al Jazeera’s William Roberts reported.
The crowd of Trump supporters waved flags and displayed signs and paramilitary insignia. Some climbed atop a police riot control vehicle and shouted slogans from a bullhorn, including “Stop paying taxes” and “More fake news”.
Protestors yelled as the police pushed them away from the Capitol building slowly but firmly. The crowd thinned out slowly as groups of Trump supporters drifted away.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump climb on walls at the US Capitol [Stephanie Keith/Reuters]
NATO Secretary-General calls for US election outcome to be respected
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called the violent protests in Washington “shocking scenes” and said the outcome of the “democratic” US election must be respected.
Police in the US Capitol responded with drawn guns and tear gas as hundreds of protesters stormed in and sought to force Congress to undo Trump’s election loss to Biden shortly after some of Trump’s fellow Republicans launched a last-ditch effort to throw out the results.
German minister: Democracy’s enemies will welcome Washington violence
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said democracy’s enemies would be cheered by scenes of violence at the US Capitol.
In a Tweet posted after protesters stormed the seat of the legislature, where lawmakers were formalising the election Biden, Maas said the violence had been caused by inflammatory rhetoric.
“The enemies of democracy will be delighted at these terrible images from Washington DC,” he wrote on Wednesday. “Trump and his supporters must accept the decision of American voters at last and stop trampling on democracy.
Amid US Capitol chaos, Ossoff declared winner in Georgia
Democrat Jon Ossoff has won the Senate run-off race in Georgia, giving Democrats control of the chamber, the Associated Press has projected.
The victory comes after Democrat Raphael Warnock was declared victory in his run-off race and as pro-Trump supporters continue to occupy the US Capitol.
Democrat Jon Ossoff has won a run-off Senate race in Georgia, giving Democrats control of the chamber [John Bazemore/The Associated Press]
Trump blasts election but tells supporters to ‘go home’
Donald Trump, in a video posted on Twitter, has told supporters he knows how they feel and repeated false claims that he won the presidential election, before urging them to go home in peace.
“This was a fraudulent election but we can’t play into the hands of these people,” he said. “Go home, go home in peace.”
Biden denounces pro-Trump ‘mob’, calls on Trump to ‘step up’
President-elect Biden had harsh words for the violent protesters that descended on the US Capitol Wednesday, calling their actions an “unprecedented assault unlike anything we have seen in modern times.”
Calling the protesters “extremists” and “a mob”, Biden said their violence is “an assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself.
“An assault on the people’s representatives and the Capitol police charged to protect them. An assault on the most sacred undertakings, the doing of the people’s business.
”Let me be clear, the scenes at the Capitol do not reflect the true America.”