The US Capitol is currently the scene of riots after angry Trump supporters stormed the building following a mass rally where thousands cheered the President’s claims of election fraud.
Earlier today, congress was in session to count and certify the Electoral College votes from the US election before the building was placed into lockdown and evacuated after protesters breached the building and entered the Senate chamber.
A woman has been shot and police have drawn their guns inside the House of Representatives chamber.
Inside the building, journalists are capturing footage and photos showing the incredible scenes as they happen, as rioters draped in American and confederate flags enter the chamber swinging from balconies and yelling slogans on the senate floor.
Images and updates have been racing around Twitter as concerned onlookers attempt to keep abreast of the developing situation. Here are the important moments you shouldn’t miss.
Representatives take shelter in House Gallery
Before being evacuated, this confronting image captured by the Associated Press shows that some representatives and staff were forced to take shelter in the house gallery.
“Photo of the day (one of many), U.S. Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado and other people shelter in the House gallery as a mob of pro-Trump supporters try to break into the House Chamber,” Denver Post journalist Jon Murray wrote on Twitter.
AP photographer Andrew Harnik captured a similar moment, this photo showing congress members take shelter under seats as protesters try and breach the house chamber.
Another photo captured by Harnik shows police guard a barricaded entrance to the US House of Representative Chamber with guns drawn.
Journalist Simon Carswell, shared the images, noting: “American democracy under fire...”
Protesters swarm the street
In this video, photojournalist for Roll Call Caroline Brehman shares footage of crowds gathered outside the Capitol building, giving an idea of the sheer number of people gathered to protest the baseless ‘voter fraud’.
View from inside the Capitol as people gather on the West Front. The Capitol is currently on lockdown. pic.twitter.com/XKNKWNbHxZ
— Caroline Brehman (@carolinebrehman) January 6, 2021
Protesters breach the Senate chamber
The jaw-dropping moment congress takes a recess after protesters breach the building was captured in this video shared by political news site The Hill.
In it, Senator James Lankford is cut off mid-way through his address as an aide informs him that ‘protestors have entered the building.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 6, 2021
This incredible image captured by Saul Loeb for the Associated Press shows a MAGA protester seated at the desk of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a ‘Keep America Great Again’ cap on her head, and an American flag resting on her shoulder.
Huffpost political reporter Igor Bobic gives minute by minute updates as the protesters make their way through the building.
In this image he captures one protester in the senate chamber, yelling from the Dias ‘Trump won that election!’.
In a video, he also shows the moment protesters begin to move up to the Chamber, as a solo security guard tries and fails to stop them.
Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
This jaw-dropping image shared by Getty images shows the scenes after protesters breached the Senate chamber.
In this photo, a protester hangs from a balcony inside the senate chamber after the room was breached in the ongoing protest. The image was captured by photographer Win McNamee for Getty Images.
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) January 6, 2021
Politico correspondent Ryan Lizza shared a Getty Image of one protester stealing a podium from the building, smiling and waving at the camera as he made his way out.
Huffpost reporter Matt Fuller claimed the protesters were shooting into the chamber in this terrifying image shared online.
In this concerning Tweet, it seems journalists are fearing for their safety as they are left without police protection, and face a political movement that has long been critical of mainstream media.
“A reporter is having a panic attack because we’re locked in the Capitol without any police protection, and we hear and feel rumblings underneath us,” The News Station editor Matt Laslo wrote on Twitter. “This is scary folks, especially after being labelled “the enemy” for some 4 years.”
Additional reporting by Tom Flanagan and AP.
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