Trump Protestors Have Broken Into The Senate As Capitol Building Is Thrown Into Lockdown
Donald Trump supporters have now managed to break into the Senate floor.
Violent and angry protests have erupted outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C. ahead of a ceremonial electoral college vote that will declare Joe Biden the winner of the November election.
Many clashed with police outside and tore down security fences one by one to get closer to the building's doors.
Footage has shown they have now made their way into the Senate and have been posing for photos and sitting in the Speaker's chair.
PA and CNN say a woman has been shot in the chest and is receiving medical treatment. It's reported she is in a critical condition.
Multiple sources have also reported several police officers have been injured in the clashes.
Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic says the protestors are going 'door to door' and are shouting: "Where the f*** are they?"
CBS reporter Zak Hudak has tweeted an image of Capitol Police using a cabinet to barricade themselves inside. Other photos show they have now drawn their weapons.
Guns drawn inside the US Senate Chamber.
This is horrifying. pic.twitter.com/AyIzXIRelP
- Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 6, 2021
Politician Terri A. Sewell added: "There has been a breach of the Capitol building. We are locked inside the House chamber until Capitol Police allows us to leave. Praying that this chaos dissipates and no one gets hurt."
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Members of Congress are slowly being escorted from the building via the Capitol's large network of underground tunnels. Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have been safely escorted to another location.
People still inside the building have been told to 'stay away from exterior windows, doors. If outside, seek cover'.
Washington D.C.'s Mayor Muriel E Bowser has imposed a citywide curfew to curb the erratic and violent behaviour. No one will be allowed in or out of the city.
A joint session of Congress is due to take place that will methodically count each Electoral College vote and is largely ceremonial. Trump has urged his Vice President, Mike Pence, to refuse to certify the vote, however the VP has rejected that call.
Donald Trump has asked for calm and told the protestors to vacate the Capitol.
"Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!" he wrote on Twitter.
"I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!"
VP Mike Pence added: "The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.
"Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The entire D.C. National Guard has been activated to control the outbreak of violence.
Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman, said: "The D.C. Guard has been mobilized to provide support to federal law enforcement in the District.
"Acting Secretary Miller has been in contact with Congressional leadership, and Secretary McCarthy has been working with the D.C. government. The law enforcement response will be led by the Department of Justice."
Featured Image Credit: PA
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