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Unprecedented: Trump Supporters storm into US Congress

Unprecedented: Trump Supporters storm into US Congress

A militia like group makes their way to a rally for US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021

New York: US Capitol campus has plunged into utter chaos as President Donald Trump's die-hard supporters stormed into the Congress building before clashing violent with local police and law enforcement officers on Wednesday, forcing evacuation of lawmakers from the building.

One person has been shot and reportedly in critical condition as the protesters breached the police barricade.

Congress was meeting on Wednesday to certify President Elect Joe Biden's election victory as President of the United States.

The Congress members were asked to lie on the floor, put on gas masks as the protesters banged on the front door of the chamber.

Virginia and Maryland governors have now confirmed that they are both sending in state troopers and the national guard into D.C. By 4 p.m., some protesters started to leave their perches and generally dissipate while the core group remains on the grounds.

Crowds waving "Trump" flags, "Stop the Steal!" signs with some of the members wearing capes who were gathering in the city over the last 24 hours broke through the security layers at the Capitol by early afternoon. Lawmakers inside the Chamber were told to wear gas masks and take the underground tunnels to safety.

Pictures posted by Congressional beat reporters show Trump supporters in wild costumes taking pictures of each other inside the Senate chamber. Cell-phone videos from those inside the Congress show glass being shattered and police trying to beat back protesters storming up and down the stairways of Congress. One of the protesters is seen sitting in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's chair and making what seems to be an obscene gesture.

Both chambers are now in recess. The Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, issued a curfew for 6 p.m.

"We will not let them silence your voices," Trump told protesters at a rally today. Trump lost the election to Joe Biden and has refused to accept the result, claiming, falsely, that the election was "stolen".

Pressure is mounting on Trump to condemn supporters.

Trump tweeted: "I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, We are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!"

Responding to the event President Elect Joe Biden tweeted:

Trump has always refused to acknowledge his defeat in the presidential election and has always maintained that the election result was "stolen" from him.

After the unprecedented violation of norms, US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has called for the impeachment of the outgoing President.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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