U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Trump tweets to supporters to ‘stay peaceful’ amid violent clashes, breach of Capitol building
Officers at the front door of the House chamber had their guns drawn as someone attempted to enter
January 06, 2021
CHICAGO: Protesters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in an effort to force Congress to reverse Joe Biden’s presidential election win.
Police fired tear gas and ordered office buildings to be evacuated as protesters breached the Capitol and marched through the halls of Congress during a special session to certify Biden’s victory.
Police escorted House of Representatives members from the chamber. The Senate abruptly adjourned and Vice President Mike Pence, who had presided over a joint session of Congress, was escorted from the chamber.
Police told members in the House chamber to take gas masks from beneath their seats and prepare to put them on.
Officers at the front door had their guns drawn as someone attempted to enter the chamber. Officers ordered people in the chamber to drop to the floor for their safety.
Outside the Capitol, members of militia groups and far-right groups, some in body armor, mingled with the crowds. President Donald Trump called on protesters to stay peaceful.