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Photos Of The Capitol Building Insurrection

Lawmakers were escorted to safety Wednesday afternoon.

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A little after 1 p.m. on Jan. 6, as Congress was set to convene to certify states’ electoral college votes for President-elect Joseph R. Biden, a group of armed insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol building, the Associated Press reports.

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A protest of the vote certification had been planned previously by President Trump supporters. At a nearby rally earlier in the day, the president urged his supporters to march on the Capitol, per the Chicago Tribune. “We will not let them silence your voices,” he reportedly said.

Senators and House Representatives were ordered to shelter in place before being escorted to safety. Some posted images to Twitter wearing gas masks or other protective gear. At least one person was in critical condition after being shot.
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Photos show Capitol police attempting to deescalate protestors, with some launching tear gas to get them to disperse. Many people on Twitter drew comparisons to the summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, where law enforcement was quicker to deploy more violent crowd dispersal tactics.

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. citywide curfew. C-Span viewers could hear the on-air anchor getting an emergency alert from the city in real time.

Photos inside the chamber showed members of the group sitting at the dais. Igor Bobic, a HuffPost politics reporter, tweeted that the insurrectionist was yelling, “Trump Won That Election.”

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On Twitter, Republican and Democratic congresspeople denounced the violence. Trump tweeted for the insurrectionists to “stay peaceful.” “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country,” the tweet read.

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