Heavily armed police officers have secured the U Capitol nearly four hours after supporters of President Donald Trump passed barricades on Wednesday and forced themselves into the complex amid violent clashes that killed at least one person

Trump had urged his supporters to come to Washington to protest against the formal approval of Congress for President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the general election, and unsubstantiated claims that the election had been stolen

On Wednesday evening, in a safe place for House officials, the announcement “The Capitol is Safe” rang out. Legislators applauded, and Congress re-convened, promising to confirm the election of the electoral college for Biden’s election, even if it was the whole Night lasted

Washington police said at least one woman was shot in the Capitol and later died in a local hospital, it was not immediately clear how she was shot

Protesters used “chemical irritants” on the police to gain access to the complex, said Chief Robert Contee. Several police officers were injured

At least five weapons have been recovered and at least 13 people have been arrested so far, Contee

said

An explosive device was found nearby, but police officers said it was no longer a threat on Wednesday afternoon

Heavily armed officers called in as reinforcements used tear gas to move people to the door, then combed the halls for stragglers and pushed the mob in clouds of tears onto the square and lawn of tear gas and lightning strikes and grenades

Video footage also showed officials calmly allowing people to walk out the doors of the Capitol despite riots and vandalism

Outside, when it was getting dark, police officers worked their way up to the demonstrators and tried to clear the area around the Capitol with rocket grenades. Large clouds of tear gas were visible

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser previously declared a 6 pm ET curfew, but dozens of pro-Trump supporters remained on the streets of the capital by early evening

The chambers were abruptly deepened early Wednesday afternoon when dozens of people breached safety regulations and asked lawmakers in the Chamber of the House to put on gas masks while tear gas was being fired in the rotunda

A chaplain prayed as the police guarded the doors to the chamber and the legislature tried to gather information about what was going on

Protesters made it into the Senate Chamber. One stood on the podium and shouted: “Trump won this election” Several dozen walked through the halls and shouted, “Where are they?” Some were also in the visitor galleries

Images were taken of an armed stalemate in the house, when politicians crouched behind desks and people smashed the windows of the building and got in. Newsmax showed pictures of police officers and rioters who were in the rotunda of the Capitol

The parade of breathtaking images continued: a man in a Make America Great Again hat, feet up on Pelosi’s desk, another walking through the rotunda with a Confederate flag over his shoulder, the podium being taken from a man is occupied with a trump flag as a cape

Outside, as police sirens echoed and helicopters pulsed overhead, thousands upon thousands cheered on the steps of the Capitol and celebrated the news of the breach, waving flags, firing torches, and pounding smoke grenades from above on the balcony

The skirmishes outside happened exactly where Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks

Protesters tore down metal barricades at the foot of the Capitol steps and were hit by officers in riot gear

Some tried to push past officers holding shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd. Some in the crowd shouted “traitors” as officers tried to hold them back

The skirmishes came shortly after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters and upset the crowd with his unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud at a rally near the White House on Wednesday prior to the congressional vote

“We’re not going to let them silence your voices,” Trump told the protesters who lined up before sunrise to get a prime position to hear the president

After the Capitol was breached for the first time, Trump tweeted encouraging supporters to “stay peaceful,” but not urging them to disperse

Biden, the U said S. Democracy was under “an unprecedented attack” and urged Trump to go on national television calling for an end to that siege “

Shortly afterwards, Trump posted a video on Twitter repeating false statements about the theft of the elections but urging protesters to “go home now” “(Twitter, Facebook and YouTube eventually removed the video)

In a tweet, Pence said, “This attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”

“Obviously we are concerned and are following the situation minute by minute,” Trudeau told Vancouver radio station News 1130. “I think American democratic institutions are strong and hopefully things will return to normal shortly”

Elsewhere in the US.Trump supporters gathered outside state buildings from Georgia to New Mexico, which resulted in some evacuations when cheers rang out in response to news that pro-Trump protesters had stormed the U. Capitol

Hundreds of people gathered in state capitals across the country waving signs that read “Stop the Steal” and “Four more Years” Most of them did not wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic, some wore long guns in places like Oklahoma and Georgia

As a precaution, New Mexico State Police evacuated workers from a statehouse building that houses the governor’s office and the secretary of state’s office shortly after hundreds of flag wavers arrived in a trailer and on horseback

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