4 dead After Donald Trump Supporters Ransack U.S. Capitol

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Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Photo: AP

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory, reports Reuters.

Four people died on the grounds of U.S. Capitol grounds and 52 people were arrested Wednesday evening, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J Contee said.

National Security Forces have been deployed to deal with the situation and curfew has been imposed in the capital Washington DC from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump has called for the protesters to calm down. And, the incident was called unprecedented by newly elected President Joe Biden, BBC reports.

Hundreds of supporters of Trump entered the Capitol when U.S. lawmakers sat down to formally endorse Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election.

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After hours of occupying the Congress building, protesters left the Capitol premises.

A 12-hour curfew was announced in Washington, the Capital, from 6 pm local time. However, hundreds of protesters were seen on the streets after the rule was introduced.

Chaotic scenes were seen in the US capital just after noon Wednesday – hundreds of protesters entered the building and police evacuated members of Congress to safer places.

Later Donald Trump in a video message urged his supporters to return home.

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Police deployed tear gas inside the Capitol to disperse the protesters, said Robert Contee. The crowd members used chemical irritants on the police during the attack and several were injured.

The Capitol building was secured soon after 5:30 p.m. (2230 GMT), and the lawmakers resumed at around 8 p.m. (0100 GMT on Thursday) the election certification.

Earlier in the day, thousands of Trump supporters came to Washington to participate in a public rally called “Save America.” President Trump spoke out against Joe Biden’s victory in the public meeting.

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