Stars and Stripes stripes.com 06 Jan, 2021 22:45 am

Protesters swarm to Capitol, halt Congress' session on Biden victory; lawmakers evacuated

Protesters swarm to Capitol, halt Congress' session on Biden victory; lawmakers evacuated
Angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

But later — hours after they fought police and breached the building — he told them that although they were "very special people" and he backed their cause, they should "go home in peace.In a raucous, out-of-control scene, protesters fought past police and breached the building, shouting and waving Trump and American flags as they marched through the halls.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.The protesters were egged on by Trump and his false attacks on the integrity of the November presidential election.

Wednesday's ordinarily mundane procedure of Congress certifying a new president was always going to be extraordinary, with Republican supporters of Trump vowing to protest election results that have been certified by the states.All the states have certified their results as fair and accurate, by Republican and Democratic officials alike.

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