US Capitol in turmoil as Trump accused of ‘coup’, curfew in Washington
Published: 10:07 AM, 7 January 2021 Updated: 01:58 PM, 7 January 2021
Trump supporters suddenly started rampaging during the Senate session in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday
The supporters of outgoing United States President Donald Trump have stormed the U.S. House of Representatives in the name of ‘protests’, as a result, the whole Senate building became turmoil with the protests of Trump’s supporters on Wednesday local time.
Law enforcement has been forced to block the House of Representatives to bring the situation under control. The process of certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the election to the joint session of Congress was underway there.
According to the BBC, Trump supporters suddenly started rampaging during the session. There have also been reports of shootings besides vandalism. At least one person was shot, later the injured woman died in the hospital. The mayor of Washington DC has ordered a curfew from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am due to the clashes.
Thousands of Trump supporters, including members of various extremist groups, gathered in Washington on Wednesday to oppose the congressional hearing. Speaking at the rally, Trump announced that he “would not accept defeat” in the November election.
Hundreds of Trump supporters broke through security barricades at the Capitol building shortly after the rally and clashed with the police. At one stage, they broke through the police barricade and entered the Capitol building during the Congress session. Police used tear gas and paper spray to disperse them.
During the clashes, police escorted members of the House of Representatives out of the session room. The unrest erupted as some pro-Trump lawmakers were discussing proposals to cancel the “election results”.
In such a situation, the Senate session was also adjourned. Police also escorted Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the joint session, out of the session room. Police advised lawmakers present in the session room to wear the gas mask from under their seats.
The riots erupted after Trump addressed thousands of supporters gathered near the White House. In his speech, he alleged that the old allegation that “the election had been stolen from him through massive fraud”.
Election officials and neutral observers from both Democrats and Republicans have all said there was no fraud in the November 3 election. Democrat Joe Biden received more than 7 million more popular votes than President Trump in that election.
Biden received 306 votes, compared to Trump’s 232, in the decisive electoral vote to win or lose the US presidential election. After the election results, Trump filed several lawsuits alleging election fraud in different states of the country, however, he failed to prove the allegations.