Daily US Times: According to the latest reports, at least four people have been reported dead as pro-Trump supporters stormed US Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, overpowered security forces to reach deep inside the building, forced Congress members to shelter in place under desks and in rooms, and brought to a halt a key constitutional procedure that had just got underway to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.
Clashes broke out between the protesters and security personnel and several people were reported injured apart from the deaths.
Several law enforcement personnel got injured too and dozens have been taken into custody.
Protesters had been driven out of the building by late evening. But even though a nighttime curfew came into effect in Washington at 6 pm, the pro-Trump mobs, though thinned down, continued to loiter around the Capitol complex, menacingly, hurling invectives at police.
President-elect Joe Biden said in a remarks: “To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices, and to threaten the safety of duly elected officials is not protest. It is insurrection.”
The Democrat, who willl sworn in January 20, said the world is watching – and like so many other Americans, he is shocked and saddened that the nation has come to such a dark moment.
Former Republican President George W Bush also slammed the mob action as an “insurrection”, as did other Republican leaders such as Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader and Senator Mitt Romney, also a 2012 presidential nominee.