Rioters storm their way into the US Capitol building to disrupt confirmation of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory
A woman who broke into the US Capitol building has died after being shot by police, and an explosive device has also reportedly been found as supporters of the current United States President, Donald Trump, descended upon Capitol Hill and storming the Senate floor.
Three other people died during the riots due to supposed “medical emergencies”, according to Washington DC police, with officers having made 52 arrests so far.
In dramatic scenes that has drawn in much condemnation internationally, supporters of the US President Donald Trump brought violence to the very seat of America’s democracy on Wednesday, prompting the US Capitol building to be put into lockdown.
The White House had revealed that the US National Guard was called in by Vice President Mike Pence following clashes between the Trump-supporting rioters and the Capitol Hill police, with a 6pm curfew having been ordered across Washington DC.
While he will not have formally entered the White House until the 20th of January next year, Joe Biden and his vice president-elect Kamala Harris have already set up a transition team in order to get planning under way so that COVID-19 action begins immediately after their inauguration.
In a televised address, President-Elect Joe Biden said that America’s democracy was “under unprecedented assault” as he condemned the “small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness” who had brought “chaos” to the US Capitol.
“This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition and it must end, now,” Mr Biden added.
“I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward.”
The president-elect called on Mr Trump to go on national television to “defend the constitution” and “demand an end to this siege”.
He did not explicitly condemn the outrageous scenes of violence, but had urged those who had gathered at and invaded the US Capitol to disperse.
“I know your pain, I know your hurt – we had an election that was stolen from us,” he said.
“It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side.”
Calling on his supporters to leave the US Capitol, the president added: “You have to go home now, we have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to respect our great people in law and order.”
“We don’t want anybody hurt, it’s a very tough period of time – there’s never been a period of time like this where such a thing happened, where they could take it away from all of us.”
“From me, from you, from our country.”
Twitter swiftly added a warning message to Mr Trump’s video, which read: “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or like due to a risk of violence.”
This comes after last Summer in which protesters all across the US have clashed with police at protests following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who pleaded with a white officer who was kneeling on his neck during an arrest, saying that he could not breathe.
Former Republican president George W Bush said he and his wife, Laura, were “watching the scenes of mayhem… in disbelief and dismay”.
“It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight,” he said.
“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the “disgraceful scenes”, adding: “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”