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BBC News 6 Jan 2021

Chaos in Washington as Trump supporters storm Capitol and force lockdown of Congress

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Thousands of supporters of President Trump have stormed the US Capitol building, venting their anger at the victory of Joe Biden in the presidential election.

They forced the evacuation and lockdown of Congress, where lawmakers were preparing to approve the election result.

Shortly before the clashes President Trump had addressed his supporters near the White House telling them that he would never accept defeat.

President-elect Biden called on Mr Trump to tell his people to go home and eventually that was the message delivered from the White House.

Washington's Mayor ordered a curfew as members of the US National Guard were deployed to protect the city.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by North America editor Jon Sopel in Washington and from Aleem Maqbool and Lebo Diseko at the Capitol.


Lawmakers were forced to evacuate the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol Building, Wednesday, January 6, as protesting Trump supporters attempted to breach the doors.
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The Capitol building in Washington DC is in lockdown, as Trump supporters clash with police and reportedly invade the building.

Vice President Mike Pence has been evacuated to a 'secure location'.
The United States Congress has reconvened after it was thrown into chaos as pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, at the behest of the president.
Legislators were meeting to confirm incoming President Joe Biden's win, when protesters fought police. One woman was reportedly shot and died.
Trump eventually told his supporters to go home but repeated baseless claims about winning the presidential election by a landslide.

Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC, the US.
Leaders around the world watched in disbelief as the chaos unfolded in Washington, where supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol. Many have condemned the violence and called for democracy to be respected. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron gave their reactions, and DW spoke to people on the street in Germany.
Around the world, there was disbelief at the scenes that unfolded in the Capitol:
-Germany's Bild newspaper talked of a "coup attempt" - and a "moment of great shame"
-In Britain, the Daily Telegraph minced no words: "Democracy under siege"
-The picture of Trump supporters storming the Capitol dominated the United Arab Emirates' Gulf News daily.
-The Nigerian Tribune offered this blistering verdict: "Trump supporters defile democracy."
-China compared the storming of the Capitol with pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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