US capitol was stormed by thousand of Trump- protesters on Wednesday, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear. About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked. Shortly after, the House floor was evacuated by police. Vice President Mike Pence was also evacuated from the chamber, where he was to perform his role in the counting of electoral votes.
A woman, who is yet to be identified, died after being shot in the chest on the Capitol grounds. As per reports by CNN, the on-going riots witnessed 4 total deaths.
US CAPITOL NOW SECURED
Lawmakers began returning to the Capitol after the building was secured and made it clear that they intended to resume their intended business — namely, confirming Biden’s win over Trump by counting the votes in the Electoral College. It took until deep in the early hours of Thursday morning, but Congress eventually counted and certified Biden’s election win.
World Leaders reacted to the horrifying and chaotic event that took place.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the “disgraceful scenes”.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter.
In a video on Twitter, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “When, in one of the world’s oldest democracies, supporters of an outgoing president take up arms to challenge the legitimate results of an election, a universal idea – that of ‘one person, one vote’ – is undermined.”
“What happened today in Washington DC is not American, definitely. We believe in the strength of our democracies. We believe in the strength of American democracy” he added.
The events also shocked America’s close ally and neighbor to its north. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canadians were “deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy”.
“Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be,” he wrote on Twitter.
In India, the world’s largest democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi – who has enjoyed a good relationship with President Trump – said he was “distressed to see news about rioting and violence” in Washington
“Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue,” he tweeted.