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In Pictures: Shocking scenes as Trump supporters storm US Capitol

Demonstrators fought with Capitol Police and then forced their way into the building.

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US Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the US Capitol (Andrew Harnik/AP)

US Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the US Capitol (Andrew Harnik/AP)

US Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the US Capitol (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Protesters backing President Donald Trump have breached the US Capitol, forcing a delay in the process to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.

Politicians were forced to rush from the building in Washington to take cover.

President-elect Mr Biden called the protests “an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people’s business”.

Here is how the events unfolded:

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

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(Andrew Harnik/AP)

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

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(Andrew Harnik/AP)

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

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(John Minchillo/AP)

(John Minchillo/AP)

(John Minchillo/AP)

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

(Julio Cortez/AP)

(Julio Cortez/AP)

Mr Trump tweeted a video asking his supporters to “go home”.

The video was issued more than two hours after protesters began storming the Capitol.

He opened his video, saying: “I know your pain. I know your hurt. But you have to go home now.”

He also said: “We can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.”

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

(Julio Cortez/AP)

(Julio Cortez/AP)

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(Andrew Harnik/AP)

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

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(Julio Cortez/AP)

(Julio Cortez/AP)

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(Andrew Harnik/AP)

(Andrew Harnik/AP)

As scenes at the Capitol calmed, politicians including New Jersey representative Andy Kim, seen here, helped as the clean-up operation got under way.

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(Andrew Harnik/AP)

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