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France 24 7 Jan 2021

US Capitol stormed: Who are Trump supporters?


A violent mob loyal to President Donald #Trump stormed the #US Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. Who are these Trump #supporters?

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.
Trump supporters who gathered to protest the certification of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States describe how they view the events of Jan. 6, which culminated in rioters storming the U.S. Capitol.
Donald #Trump's #supporters waved Confederate flags, QAnon symbols, and paraded white supremacist, neo nazi #symbols as they breached the #US Capitol on Wednesday. FRANCE 24's Pariesa Young tells us more.
WARNING: Video contains violent content.

An Associated Press photographer was assaulted by protesters outside the US Capitol on Wednesday. Video of the incident was shot by an AP colleague with their head cam. (Jan. 7)

It shows the photographer wearing protective gear being shoved by protesters until he topples over a wall.

Other protesters then helped him up and guided him through the crowd. The photographer was shaken, but uninjured.

A large crowd of Trump supporters rallied near the White House on Wednesday morning, and the president told them that he would go with them to the Capitol. He didn't. Instead he sent them off with incendiary rhetoric.

Capitol Police, who are charged with protecting Congress, turned to other law enforcement for help with the mob that overwhelmed the complex and sent lawmakers into hiding. Both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the complex before it was cleared Wednesday evening.

Four people died, including a woman who was shot and killed by police inside the Capitol. Three other people died after "medical emergencies" related to the breach, said Robert Contee, chief of the city's Metropolitan Police Department.

D.C. police said Thursday that 68 people were arrested, while Capitol police said 14 were arrested, most for unlawful entry. More than 50 Capitol and D.C. police were injured, including several who were hospitalized, officials said.

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