Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bid to overturn his election defeat, forcing Congress to postpone the session that would have certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Police drew guns and tear gas to evacuate lawmakers and sought to clear the Capitol Building of protesters who rushed through the halls of Congress.
Democrat Joe Biden who defeated the Republican president in the November 3rd election and is due to take office on January 20 said the activity of protesters borders on sedition.
The former vice president said, for demonstrators to storm the Capitol, smash windows, occupy offices, invade Congress and threaten the safety of duly elected officials is not a protest but insurrection.
“The world is watching, like so many other Americans. I am generally shocked and saddened that our nation…. so long the beacon off light and hope for democracy has come to such a dark moment,” said President-Elect Joe Biden.
He urged Trump to demand “an end to this siege” on national television.
Meanwhile President Trump, took to his safe space on twitter to post a video repeating false claims of election fraud and urging protesters to leave.
Twitter Inc later restricted users from retweeting Trump’s video and tweet “due to a risk of violence.”