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One person reportedly shot dead

Violent supporters of President Donald Trump have breached the Capitol in Washington, as lawmakers met to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's poll win.

In dramatic scenes, demonstrators swarmed the building as Congress members were escorted out by police.

Mr Biden said the action should "end now", and Mr Trump released a video message asking supporters to go home.

The joint session of Congress certifying Mr Biden's win has been suspended and forced into recess.

There are reports of guns drawn in the building and at least one person shot. A woman was reported to be in a critical condition after receiving a neck injury.

There has been an armed confrontation at the doors of the House of Representatives. Tear gas has also been used.

Members of Congress have been told to evacuate the building or remain where they are. One congresswoman tweeted that she was staying in her office.

Mr Trump recorded a video message on Twittercalling on supporters to leave the Capitol, but continuing to make unsubstantiated claims that Democrats had stolen the election.

"I know your pain, I know you're hurt," he said. "You have to go home now, we have to have peace... we don't want anybody hurt."

Mr Biden said the demonstration "borders on sedition and it must end now".

"At this hour our democracy is under unprecedented assault," he said.

Mr Trump's spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, tweeted that the National Guard was being deployed.(BBC)

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  • Trump turned Thug Thursday, 07 January 2021 03:43 AM

    This is a Trump inspired riot. The US army should consider placing POTUS under house arrest for inciting violence.

    Sam Silva Thursday, 07 January 2021 03:51 AM

    Sad day for USA

    BigEars Thursday, 07 January 2021 04:22 AM

    Four years ago, the so called patriots of Sri Lanka hailed Trump's victory as a victor for patriotism or nationalism. I am now waiting for their comments. Cheers!

    BigEars Thursday, 07 January 2021 04:25 AM

    I was watching the drama unfold on TV and it was a disgraceful scene. Never expect a breach of democracy from the American people who preach democracy to the whole world. Trump is a disgrace to mankind not just the US.

    Ramesh Thursday, 07 January 2021 05:26 AM

    De"Mock"crazy of America??

    Lasith Thursday, 07 January 2021 06:06 AM

    Is this democracy or anarchy?

    Rafeek Thursday, 07 January 2021 06:22 AM

    ugly ugly ugly - democracy failed and threatened in a so called great country - usa

    Tamil Thursday, 07 January 2021 07:17 AM

    There is no excuse for violence even when it looks strange how someone like Biden could get more votes in the election than even what Barrack Obama got four years ago.


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