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Georgia run-offs LIVE updates: Protesters storm US Capitol building; Mike Pence rejects Donald Trump's pleas - The Sydney Morning Herald

Summary

  • The US Capitol in Washington DC is currently locked down as supporters of President Donald Trump clashed with police and stormed the building
  • House members have been told to don gas masks, as the DC mayor called for a 6pm-6am curfew across the city
  • Vice-President Mike Pence has refused Donald Trump's pleas, saying he doesn't have the unilateral ability to discard electoral votes that will make Joe Biden President
  • The US Congress is meeting to certify Joe Biden's victory in the November election, with more than 100 Republican congress members vowing to object to the results in several states
  • Democrats are within reach of seizing control of the US Senate after Democrat Raphael Warnock narrowly defeated Republican Kelly Loeffler in the Senate run-off in Georgia. In the other run-off contest, Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly leads Republican Senator David Perdue
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Watch: Live video of protesters storming US Capitol Building

Protesters have stormed the US Capitol Building and other buildings in Washington DC.

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Chaos breaks out in Washington as Trump supporters storm Congress

By Matthew Knott

Washington: The United States Senate and House of Representatives have been evacuated after furious supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol Building to halt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

The US capital descended into chaos after a massive security breach allowed dozens of protesters to enter the supposedly fortified complex and make it as far as the Senate floor.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier outside the US Capitol in Washington DC.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier outside the US Capitol in Washington DC.Credit:AP

Vice-President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the Senate, was taken to a secure location alongside other senior politicians.

Tens of thousands of Protesters had gathered near the White House to hear President Donald Trump speak at a "Save America Rally" before making their way towards the Capitol Building, where Congress was meeting to certify the election results.

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Republican calls for Trump to 'call it off'

Republican congressman Mike Gallagher from Wisconsin has called on US President Donald Trump to "call off" protesters who have stormed the Capitol Building.

Gallagher, a veteran of the Iraq War and a Trump supporter, told CNN Trump needed to use his Twitter account and call on the protesters to leave the area ASAP.

"He needs to call it off," Gallagher told CNN.

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Lawmakers given gas masks as protesters breach US Capitol

Washington: As dozens of people breached security perimeters at the US Capitol, lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda.

Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear. Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back.

Some in the crowd were shouting “traitors” as officers tried to keep them back.

CNN and other outlets are reporting members of Congress are being evacuated, though it's unclear where they are being taken to.

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Trump tells protesters to not hurt police but refuses to order them back from buildings

After egging on his supporters for several hours at the rally, Donald Trump has just tweeted that they should "stay peaceful".

Senate debate goes into recess due to breach

Washington: The Senate has recessed its debate over an objection to the results of the Electoral College after protesters forced police to lock down the building.

Reporters were told to stay in the Senate’s press gallery as the doors were locked.

Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back.

The skirmishes came just shortly after President Donald Trump addressed thousands of his supporters, riling up the crowd with his baseless claims of election fraud.

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Police call for reinforcements, DC mayor announces 6pm curfew

CNN and other outlets are reporting that Capitol Police have called for their riot squad and other reinforcements to support them after hundreds of protesters have entered the Capitol Building.

The Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has also called for a 6pm curfew for the city this evening.

The order extends through 6 am Thursday local time.

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Protesters enter Capitol Building

Some protesters have entered the Capitol Building bypassing security and metal detectors.

US Capitol locked down due to protesters

Washington: The US Capitol locked down on Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police.

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

A protest outside of the US Capitol building in Washington.

A protest outside of the US Capitol building in Washington.Credit:Bloomberg

Due to an “external security threat”, no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said. Both chambers abruptly went into recess.

The skirmishes occurred outside in the very spot where president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks. Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

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Capitol Building in lockdown, people in congressional offices told to 'shelter in place'

CNN is reporting the Capitol Building has been put in lockdown with people not allowed to leave or enter.

Some members of congress and media members are tweeting to say they have been told to 'shelter in place' at their offices after reports some protesters, reportedly in over 100, have broken through barriers.

CNN's national security correspondent Alex Marquardt said tear gas has been deployed in some parts near the Capitol Building, he is also reporting not seeing much of a police presence.

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