Politicians took shelter and the National Guard was called in after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, a large rally of supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., as Congress met to certify president-elect Joe Biden’s win. Outgoing President Donald Trump spoke to the surging crowd -many waving Trump banners and wearing Make America Great Again hats – and said he would “never concede” and encouraged the crowd to march on the Capitol.
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Hours later, chaos ensued as Trump supporters broke through barriers and charged into the U.S. Capitol building.
Protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. – Win McNamee/Getty Images
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A riot was declared by D.C. police and a 6 p.m. curfew was imposed by Washington officials. D.C. police confirmed to Global News that a woman who had been shot inside the Capitol building later died at an area hospital. It is not clear who the woman was or who shot her.
Biden called the events an “unprecedented assault.”
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Shortly before 6 p.m., roughly four hours after the chaos began, the Capitol building was declared secure by officials.
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