Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Congress on Wednesday after breaking down several security fences and confronting the police, who have been overwhelmed, causing chaotic scenes in the heart of American democracy.
The violent assault on the Capitol is unprecedented in modern American history, and it would be necessary to go back to the burning of Washington by British troops in 1814 to find a similar attack.
Mayor Muriel Bowser declared the curfew in the city before the chaos generated, with thousands of protesters in the streets of Washington.
The curfew began at 18:00 (23:00 GMT), shortly after authorities managed to clear the interior of the Capitol and released irritating and stunning gases to disperse the hundreds of people still congregated in its vicinity.
The woman who was shot during the assault died, police sources told MSNBC.
She was transferred to an emergency with severe bleeding from inside the legislative headquarters during the assault by hundreds of protesters that lasted for several hours until they were evicted in the late afternoon.
Three other people have died of “medical emergencies” around Congress during the lengthy protest and subsequent eviction.
Congress was meeting to certify the results of the November elections, in which Democrat Joe Biden was the winner. Normally it is a mere formality, however several Republican senators decided to present objections to the electoral result, following the strategy of Donald Trump to denounce a fraud in the elections, without evidence.
The session resumed once the mob of robbers was evicted from the Capitol and continues at this time. Only the Republican senator from Pennsylvania is expected to object.
At this time the vote of the Pennsylvania objection is taking place, which has no chance of success.
Several Republican representatives and senators have decided to back down and withdraw objections after the surreal images of the assault on the Capitol.
As chaos invaded Washington, it was confirmed that Republicans lost control of the Senate by losing the second seat for the Upper House in the second round in Georgia.
Chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy
The images show how the supporters of the outgoing president face the agents that make up the police security barrier and are repelled with tear gas.
Subsequently, fights are seen inside Congress between Trump supporters and police officers who resorted to regulation weapons.
Many commentators wonder how it is possible that the protesters entered one of the most protected buildings on the planet. The relatively calm reaction of the police officers compared to the violent repression of other, more peaceful demonstrations, such as those of the Black Lives Matter activists for the rights of the black community, is also evident.
Some of the assailants took advantage of the structures deployed for the inauguration of the president-elect, Democrat Joe Biden, to climb and approach the steps of Congress and its access.
Images taken inside the Capitol by the congressmen themselves show the scenes of chaos and panic that occurred during the assault.
Trump stokes the embers and sends his followers to the Capitol
The march, under the name “Save America” It started in the morning peacefully near the White House.
At noon, Trump addressed the protesters to promise he would “never” concede defeat and urged his supporters to march towards Congress.
Biden: “Our democracy is under unprecedented attack”
US President-elect Joe Biden said the country’s democracy “is under unprecedented attack” that “borders on sedition, and must end now.” In a grave but calm tone, he urged Donald Trump to intervene immediately to restrain his followers and restore “decency.”
” The words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad that president is,” President-elect Biden said. ” At best, a president’s words can inspire. At worst, they can incite.”
Biden called on Trump to “go out on national television now, to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.”
Towards an impeachment of Trump?
Instead, Trump simply turned to his Twitter account where he posted a video with a double-edged speech. He called on protesters concentrated in Washington to “return home in peace” but insisted that they “stole an election” that he won “by an overwhelming majority.”
Trump declared: ” They have to go home now, we have to have peace; we have to have law and order (…) We don’t want anybody hurt, it’s a very difficult period.”
And he thanked the supporters who stormed Congress: “This was a fraudulent election, but we cannot play these people. We need peace, so go home. We love you, you are very special.”
Later, the social network Twitter decided to delete this tweet from the president, among others, in an unprecedented decision. One of the tweets accused Vice President Mike Pence of failing to fulfill his “duty” to try to stop the confirmation of the elections.
Pence had to be evacuated by the Secret Service. Hours earlier, he published a statement confirming that the laws of the United States did not allow him to stop the process of confirming the electoral result.
From the Democratic field, but also some Republicans, they consider resort to amendment 25 to the Constitution to remove the president despite the fact that he has less than 15 days left in office. However, the process could lengthen and complicate Trump’s expected departure from the White House.
The only thing that seems clear is that all are uncertainties in the United States between now and Joe Biden’s inauguration scheduled for January 20.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.