At least four people have died as Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.
The swelling mob overpowered the security personnel to reach deep inside the building, forcing lawmakers to run for shelter and take refuge under the desks and in rooms. The whole incident brought a key constitutional procedure to a halt that had just got under way to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
When clashes broke out between the supporters of President Trump and security personnel several people got injured apart from the deaths. The injured include law enforcement personnel and dozens others who have been taken into custody.
According to reports the rioting mob could be dispelled and driven out of the building only by late evening. But even though a nighttime curfew was imposed, many of them continued to loiter around the complex, and hurled invectives at the police.
Leadership across the world has condemned this hooliganism of the Trump supporters.
In his statement to the nation, President-elect Joe Biden said: “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 world is watching – and like so many other Americans, I am shocked and saddened that our nation, so long a beacon of light, hope, and democracy has come to such a dark moment.”
Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi also expressed deep anguish over the incident. “Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington, DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue,” said PM Modi in a statement.
“The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests,” PM Modi added.
Another Trump ally, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson also tweeted saying, “Disgraceful scenes in US Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”