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People Are Comparing The Capitol Building Riots To Scenes From The Handmaid's Tale

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People watched in horror at the disturbing scenes unfolding in Washington DC's Capitol building last night.

Rabid Donald Trump supporters attempted burst in the political heartland of America just as lawmakers were meeting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's win.

As the congressional session was forced to be suspended, and members were escorted from the building, windows were smashed and violence ensued. Demonstrators stormed past police and burst inside, in what Biden described as an 'insurrection'.

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Looking on in horror at scenes from the US, multiple people compared the dramatic scenes to the storming of Gilead at the start of The Handmaid's Tale, making an eerie comparison to the dystopian novel and TV series.

Sharing a picture of the temporarily occupied Capitol building, swarming with Trump supporters and shrouded in smoke, one Twitter user wrote: "I keep thinking about how this is exactly how Gilead began in The Handmaid's Tale".

Meanwhile, another penned: "I mean, this is how Gilead was established."

People made comparisons to when Gilead overthrew the government (Credit: Channel 4)
People made comparisons to when Gilead overthrew the government (Credit: Channel 4)
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A third concurred: "I was 19 when I read the Handmaid's Tale - at the time I thought @MargaretAtwood's imagination was a bit over the top.

"Watching the descent of democracy in the US over the past 35 years has been tragic. Gilead is what happens when people will do anything to maintain power."

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Mocking the rioters with a quote from the Margaret Atwood franchise, another Twitter user wrote: "I would like to be the first to congratulate the Republic of Gilead for it's formation. Blessed be the fruit!"

In Atwood's chilling world, Gilead - or 'The Divine Republic', as it was known by its leaders - abolished America's federal system and instigated its patriarchal rule across one republic, with a centralised leadership commanding over everyone.

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People compared the scenes to Gilead (Credit: PA)
People compared the scenes to Gilead (Credit: PA)
Many thought the events eerily echoed Atwood's novel and series (Credit: Channel 4)
Many thought the events eerily echoed Atwood's novel and series (Credit: Channel 4)
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The Divine Republic then replaced the U.S. Constitution and democracy was overthrown in favour of a dark new world, in which women were second class citizens, and civil rights no longer existed.

In The Handmaid's Tale, we saw how Washington D.C. was the first to areas to 'fall' to Gilead's power, after attacks on the White House, Congress and The Supreme Court.

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Last night, rioters were seen bursting into the House Gallery and the House Chamber as well as private offices, while people inside hid and took shelter from the scenes.

As they burst into the Capitol Rotunda, tear gas was used and individuals in the room were told to duck under chairs and wear face masks to protect themselves.

Police have now said that four people died in the raucous scenes. One of these deaths was believed to be a rioter while the other three were 'medical emergencies'.

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