Supporters of incumbent US President Donald Trump, demanding a revision of the presidential election results, broke into the Capitol building in Washington, Senator James Lankford said. Senators suspended the meeting amid protests. Protesters later broke into the Senate Hall, and one took the speaker’s seat, NBC News reports. The US House of Representatives also suspended the meeting due to protests.
“Protesters attacked the Capitol and surrounded the Senate Hall. They asked us to stay inside, “Mr. Lankford wrote on Twitter.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a curfew from 18:00 local time (2:00 Moscow time) amid protests. Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi asked the National Guard to clear the Capitol, writes USA Today.
Earlier, protesters broke through the cordon and entered one of the buildings of the Congress complex. The police used tear gas and non-lethal weapons to disperse the protesters. Several people were injured in the clashes. According to NBC News, Vice President Michael Pence was “taken to safety.”
Today the Senate and representatives of the US Congress are to approve the results of the US elections. Earlier, a group of senators objected to the approval of the electoral vote from Arizona. After that, Vice President Mike Pence announced the termination of the meeting. The chambers of Congress will separately discuss objections and vote accordingly.
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