US Congress reconvenes to certify Biden win
Congress resumed the session after authorities secured the Capitol. Both chambers have been pressured into recess earlier as they have been debating the objection by some Republicans to the Electoral Vote rely in Arizona, a swing state that voted for Biden.
Lawmakers of each events reentered their chambers beneath heavy safety escorts hours after the unrest, which noticed protesters breach barricades and push previous police into the House and Senate.
Security brokers drew weapons contained in the House chamber throughout a harmful standoff that left lawmakers fearing for his or her lives.
Numerous senators who stated that they had meant to help the objection reversed course following the violence.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks because the House comes again into session (Credits: AFP)
Senate rejects problem to Biden Arizona win
The Senate has overwhelmingly turned apart a problem to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona, guaranteeing the consequence will stand.
The objection to the ends in Arizona — spearheaded by Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. Ted Cruz — was rejected 93-6 on Wednesday night time. All votes in favor got here from Republicans, however after violent protesters mobbed the Capitol earlier Wednesday a variety of GOP senators who had deliberate to help the objection reversed course.
Trump supporters are seen from behind scaffolding (Credits: AFP)
Four lifeless as Trump supporters stormed Capitol
Washington, DC Police chief Robert Contee stated the lifeless on Wednesday included a girl who was shot by the US Capitol Police, in addition to three others who died in “medical emergencies.”
Police stated each regulation enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants in the course of the hours-long occupation of the Capitol constructing earlier than it was cleared Wednesday night by regulation enforcement. DC police officers additionally say two pipe bombs have been recovered.
Police discovered a cooler from a car that had a protracted gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.
PM Modi requires orderly peaceable switch of energy in US
Condemning the violent scenario that unfolded on the US Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday stated the democratic course of can’t be allowed to be subverted by means of illegal protests and known as for an orderly and peaceable switch of energy.
“Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. An orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests,” he tweeted.
Trump supporters destroy media tools (Credits: AFP)
More than 50 arrested for violating DC curfew
Police have arrested 30 folks for violating a curfew imposed in Washington DC after rioters stormed the US Capitol.
The curfew had been imposed after scores of supporters of President Trump broke into the Capitol, halting the constitutional means of voting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win. They have been later forcibly faraway from the Capitol.
The Metropolitan Police Department stated 15 different folks had been arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday in varied protest-related arrests on an array of expenses, together with weapons possession and assault.
Fire officers additionally took 13 folks to space hospitals on Wednesday from protest-related accidents.
A Trump supporter is arrested contained in the US Capitol (Credits: AFP)
Twitter, Facebook muzzle Trump
President Trump’s private Twitter account has now been locked for 12 hours as he violated the platform’s violent threats insurance policies and might be completely suspended if he continues to take action, the micro-blogging web site stated.
Among Trump’s tweets that have been deleted was a video addressed to his supporters who violently stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, Xinhua information company quoted the social media large as saying on Wednesday.
In the video, the outgoing President stated that he “loved” them, and known as them “very special”. Twitter additionally warned of everlasting suspension.
Facebook adopted up within the night, asserting that Trump would not have the ability to publish for 24 hours following two violations of its insurance policies.
Note discovered within the workplace of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Credits: AFP)
Protesters barge US Capitol
Rioters pressured their well beyond steel safety barricades, broke home windows and scaled partitions to combat their manner into the Capitol, the place they roamed the hallways and scuffled with cops.
The protesters have been on the lookout for lawmakers, employees members and more–people who have been concerned within the counting means of electoral votes. Completion of the rely would formalize the President-elect Joe Biden’s victory however the protesters wished to halt the method as they believed that Donald Trump received the presidential elections.
As per an AP report, the pro-Trump mob took over the presiding officer’s chair within the Senate, the places of work of the House speaker and the Senate dais, the place one yelled, “Trump won that election.”
As the mob went about disrupting the Senate, lawmakers both Republicans and Democrats along with staff members had hide under their tables.
Biden denounces storming of Capitol as ‘Dark Moment’ in US history
President-elect Joe Biden denounced the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday as the violent expression of President Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat, calling it “an assault on the citadel of liberty” and saying the president had stoked the mob with his brazen and false claims that the 2020 election had been stolen.
Biden called the scenes of chaos in the halls of Congress “a dark moment” in the nation’s history, appealed for calm and made clear that he held Trump accountable for instigating violence that left members of both parties and allies around the world appalled.
Congress staffers barricade themselves (Credits: AFP)
Authorities eventually regained control as night fell
Heavily armed officers brought in as reinforcements started using tear gas in a coordinated effort to get people moving toward the door, then combed the halls for stragglers, pushing the mob farther out onto the plaza and lawn, in clouds of tear gas, flash-bangs and percussion grenades.
Video footage also showed officers letting people calmly walk out the doors of the Capitol despite the rioting and vandalism. Only about a dozen arrests were made in the hours after authorities regained control. They said a woman was shot in the chest inside the building during the chaos, was taken to a hospital and died.
Police evacuated the chamber at 2:30 pm, grabbing boxes of Electoral College certificates as they left.
National Guard and Washington DC police safe Capitol (Credits: AFP)
Remember this day forever: Trump to his supporters
Trump, who had encouraged his supporters to march on the Capitol to protest lawmakers’ actions, expressed empathy for the mob, which violently forced its way inside, clashed with police and forced lawmakers into hiding.
“These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long,” Trump wrote in a message that was later deleted by Twitter. He added, “Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!”
In an earlier video, he had praised the protesters as “special” people and said he understood their pain.
Former US Presidents condemn violence
Former President Barack Obama said that violence at Capitol incited by a sitting President “to baselessly lie concerning the consequence of a lawful election” is a matter of great shame but not surprising.
Former President Bill Clinton said the assault was fueled by more than four years of poison politics “spreading deliberate misinformation, sowing mistrust in our system, and pitting Americans towards each other.” He urged for a peaceful transfer of power.
Former President George W Bush expressed his disbelief and dismay and said, “This is how election outcomes are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic.”
(With inputs from businesses)