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(CNN) – The U.S. Capitol is reassured after supporters of President Donald Trump damaged one of America’s best-known buildings and plunged the country’s capital into chaos after Trump urged his supporters to fight the solemn counting of election votes. confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Shortly after Wednesday, at 1 p.m., hundreds of pro-Trump protesters overcame obstacles set up along the Capitol district, where they fought officers with full riot gear, and some called the officers “traitors” for their work. About 90 minutes later, police said protesters entered the building, keeping the doors of the house and senate locked. Shortly afterwards, the floor of the house was emptied by police. Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the Capitol, where he should have played his role in counting voter votes.
There was an armed pause in front of the front door of the house from 3 p.m., and police pulled a gun at someone who was trying to break it. A Trump fan was also pictured standing in the Senate daisies in the afternoon. According to two sources familiar with the case, a woman is in critical condition after being shot in the chest in the Capitol area. Sources were unable to provide further details on the circumstances of the shooting. Several officers were injured and at least one was taken to hospital.
Smoke grenades were used on the Senate side of the Capitol as police work cleaned the disruptor building. Windows have broken into on the west side of the Senate, with hundreds of officers gathering on the first floor of the building.
The senate floor was cleared of disruptors at 3:30 p.m., and an officer told CNN that they had been successfully evicted from the senate wing of the building toward the Rotunda and removed from the east and west. a Capitolium drivers. It is not clear whether any person has been detained.
U.S. Capitol police were working to secure the second floor of the Capitol for the first time, and were seen just before 5 p.m., when protesters were knocked off the stairs on the east side of the building. About 30 minutes before the 18-hour curfew in Washington DC, Washington police gathered in a long line to repel crowds from the Capitol area.
The sergeant said it took about 5:40 in the afternoon for the building to be safe again.
The striking appearance of the uprising was the first time the U.S. Capitol had been crossed since the British attacked and burned the building in August 1814, during the War of 1812 in August 1814, says Samuel Holliday, director of scholarships and operations at the American Capitol Historical Society. . .
Chaos in the afternoon
The protesters first breached external security barriers, and video footage showed protesters gathered near the Capitol building and some clashed with police. A CNN team saw a number of protesters at the scene trying to move up the side of the Capitol building. There were several loud flashes.
We could see the protesters pushing against the metal fences and the police used the fences to repress the protesters while other officers reached over the top as the club men tried to cross their lines.
Lightning strikes were heard near the stairs of the Capitol as smoke filled the air. In some cases, officers could be seen introducing pepper spray. Tear gas was introduced, but it is not clear whether protesters or police officers and people wiped tears from their eyes while coughing.
After the building was violated, a police officer on the Capitol in the chamber of the house told lawmakers that they might need to duck under their chairs and informed lawmakers that protesters were in the Rotunda of the building. Many members of the house were seen in gas masks as they moved between the buildings of the Capitol. Members called the family to say well.
There are no clear answers yet as to when the joint meeting will resume, several known sources told CNN. Congress leadership wants the situation to be checked first.
Hakeem Jeffries, a New York Democrat who is a member of the leadership, told reporters, “The Capitol has been liquidated. If it is safe, we will return to our constitutional duties. This is the United States. We will not allow it. Mafia rule to undermine the rule of law.”
Congressional leaders were evacuated from the Capitol complex just before 5 p.m., and a federal law enforcement official said they were taken to Fort McNair, a base near Army in Washington.
White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said Trump, along with “the other federal defense services,” directed the National Guard to Washington. According to the Pentagon, the Department of Defense has activated the entire DC National Guard.
“The DC Guard has been mobilized to provide support to the district’s federal law enforcement agencies,” said Jonathan Hoffman, a senior spokesman for the Pentagon. “Acting Secretary Miller has been in contact with Congress and Secretary McCarthy has been with the DC government. The law enforcement response will be led by the Department of Justice.”
The official said the DC National Guard did not expect to protect federal facilities, and the Trump government decided earlier this week that this would be the responsibility of civilian law enforcement, the official said.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had just announced a city curfew on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The staggering scene was greeted by fewer police forces than many of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that rolled across the country following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last year. While federal police attacked peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in front of the White House during the summer and cleared the way for Trump to take a photo in front of a nearby church at the time, protesters were able to overcome Capitol police on Wednesday and infiltrate the country’s law enforcement.
Trump tells the fans to go home
Trump eventually called on his supporters a few hours after the riots began to “go home,” but he spent a lot of time in the one-minute video lamenting and lying about his election loss.
In one impressive line, Trump told the crowd to “go home,” but added, “We love you. You’re very special.”
Trump gave a sympathetic voice to the riots he freed himself, saying, “I know your pain, I know you’re hurt. We held elections that were stolen from us. There were landslide elections, and everyone knows. Especially the other side But now you have to go home We need peace. “
Others on the president’s track tweeted their call for peace when the crowd repeatedly tried to take over the building.
Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, said his supporters of the Capitol were “wrong and we are not who we are.”
“Be peaceful and use the rights of Amendment 1, but don’t start behaving like the other side. We have a country where we can save it, and it won’t help anyone,” he tweeted.
Several bombs exploded safely
Federal and local law enforcement agencies have responded to reports of possible pipe bombs in Washington DC, according to a federal law enforcement official. It is not clear whether the devices are genuine or counterfeits, but they are considered real.
A pipe bomb was found at the headquarters of the National Commission of the Republic earlier Wednesday, an RNC official told CNN. The device was found outside on the ground, on the wall of the headquarters. Police blew it up safely, an RNC official said.
At least two suspicious pipe bombs have been secured by law enforcement, including one at the RNC office building and one at the U.S. Capitol complex, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. The official said these were real explosives and blew them up safely.
The Democratic Democratic Commission was also evacuated after investigating a suspicious package nearby, a knowledgeable Democratic source told CNN. According to the source, the party closed the building prior to the protests, but some security and essential staff were evacuated.
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