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US Capitol Trumped

Trump supporters lay siege to US Capitol to prevent US Congress from confirming Biden’s victory; Four died in violence

US Capitol Trumped

US Capitol Trumped

Washington: In an unprecedented assault on democracy in America, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in at least four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the election. The police, outnumbered by the maskless protesters, had a tough time in managing the mob, as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol building on Wednesday, where members of the Congress were going through the process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes. Both the House and Senate and the entire Capitol were placed under a lockdown.

Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to safe locations. Four people died, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting on Capitol Hill that resulted in dozens of demonstrators being arrested, police said.

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee called the rioting by pro-Trump demonstrators 'shameful' during a news conference alongside Mayor Muriel Bowser. One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the rioting. Police said three other people - a woman and two men - died after apparently suffering 'separate medical emergencies' near the Capitol grounds. The protesters dispersed following the enforcement of curfew in the national capital.

Mayor Bowser announced the curfew to prevent the situation from escalating. Officials said the Capitol was secured, putting an end to nearly four-hour violent occupation by Trump supporters. Heavily armed police personnel were deployed to disperse the crowd. Trump, who earlier encouraged his supporters to head to the Capitol, urged them to abide by the law and go back home after the violent clash.

"This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home," Trump said in a video message posted on Twitter.

The micro blogging site later removed the video and some tweets in which Trump appeared to defend the actions of his supporters. In an unprecedented move, Twitter and Facebook have suspended Trump's accounts after he continued to push conspiracy theories about the November 3 election. Twitter suspended Trump's account for 12 hours and also blocked three of his tweets including a video of his address to his supporters.

Facebook said it would be blocking the president's account from posting for 24 hours due to two policy violations. President-elect Biden said he was shocked and sad to see the US has "come to such a dark moment".

"At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault. Unlike anything we've seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on the people's representatives and the Capitol Hill police, sworn to protect them. And the public servants who work at the heart of our Republic...," Biden said in an address to the nation. "Let me be very clear. The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America. This is not dissent. It's disorder. It's chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end now," Biden said.

All four living former US presidents - Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter - condemned the actions of the pro-Trump rioters who forced an evacuation of the House and Senate chambers of the US Capitol and underlined the need for a peaceful transfer of power.

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