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shock scenes US Capitol building breached as pro-Trump demonstrators storm Capitol Hill


Police clash with Trump supporters at Capitol Hill. Photo: PA.

Police clash with Trump supporters at Capitol Hill. Photo: PA.

Police clash with Trump supporters at Capitol Hill. Photo: PA.

The US Capitol was put on lockdown on Wednesday as crowds protesting President-elect Joe Biden's victory breached security barricades while Congress was debating the certification of his electoral win over President Donald Trump.

The Senate and the House, which were weighing objections to Biden's victory, abruptly and unexpectedly recessed.

Hundreds of Pro-Trump protestors breached security on Capitol Hill in Washington DC as the US Senate heard objections to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Vice President Mike Pence was ushered out of the Senate as hundreds of protestors breached the secure perimeter and flash bang grenades were seen exploding as the crowds filtered into the Capitol Building.

The Mayor of Washington DC has ordered a 6pm curfew for the city as thousands of pro-Trump supporters have gathered in the US capital to protest Joe Biden’s election victory.

Police in charge of securing the US congress buildings have called for additional back up to deal with the breach, CNN have reported.

President Trump did not urge his supporters to stand down but in a tweet after they stormed the Capitol Building, said: “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”

An announcement was played inside the Capitol Building as politicians were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory.

Due to an “external security threat,” no-one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said.

Many House representatives have now been evacuated with one House member Gerry Connolly telling CNN that all representatives were given gas masks upon their evacuation.

Members of Congress that can’t be evacuated are being told to shelter in place.

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