U.S. Capitol on lockdown amid protests
UPDATED 1:45 PM PT – Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Chaos erupts in Washington as mass protests put the U.S. Capitol on lockdown.
On Wednesday, thousands of protesters stormed the capitol building by breaching barriers set up by police.
This unrest came as Congress was set to certify electoral votes, which the President has condemned in light of mass voter fraud allegations. Lawmakers were in the middle of a joint session when the breach happened.
This forced officials to evacuate.
The breach occurred after the President hosted an event outside the White House, in which he spoke out against the election process.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
At this point, it is unclear when the vote will resume.
In the meantime, the mayor of D.C. mandated a citywide curfew. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Washington D.C. would be under curfew starting at 6 p.m. eastern time.
No one will be allowed on the streets except for those designated by the mayor. Essential workers and the press are exempt from the order.
The curfew is expected to last until 6 a.m. on Thursday.