US Capitol turmoil in pictures
Published: 02:56 PM, 7 January 2021
Dusk falls around the US Capitol as Trump supporters continue their occupation of its front steps; Photo: Reuters
The supporters of outgoing US President Donal Trump swarmed Capitol Hill in the name of protests while certifying the President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory.
The lawmakers were seen taking shelter in place and halting debate in both the House and Senate.
It has been learned that Donald Trump has provoked his supporters, alleging of vote-rigging, to march on the Capitol building.
Protesters made it all the way to the Senate floor and the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Hundreds of Trump supporters broke through the security barricades at the Capitol building shortly after the rally and clashed with 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.
See the pictures of the incident of violence inside the Capitol:
Source: BBC, AFP, Reuters, Getty Images, EPA