Violence Erupts at US Capitol As Trump Supporters Flock in a Bid to Overturn Election

World | Reuters | January 7, 2021, 10:06 am
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 An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington, US. (Image: Reuters)
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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump join in prayer with Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas (holding the cross), outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet in joint session to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump join in prayer with Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas (holding the cross), outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet in joint session to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A banner supporting US President Donald Trump flies outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet in joint session to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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A banner supporting US President Donald Trump flies outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet in joint session to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas carries a cross to a gathering of President Donald Trump supporters, outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet in joint session to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas carries a cross to a gathering of President Donald Trump supporters, outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet in joint session to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A supporter of US President Donald Trump gestures during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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A supporter of US President Donald Trump gestures during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results by the US Congress, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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US President Donald Trump speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results by the US Congress, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A supporter of US President Donald Trump shouts during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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A supporter of US President Donald Trump shouts during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the U.S. Congress of the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the US Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather near the Washington Monument by the White House ahead of his rally and speech to contest the certification by the US Congress of the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A supporter of US President Donald Trump reacts after getting tear-gassed by police during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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A supporter of US President Donald Trump reacts after getting tear-gassed by police during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Presidents Park on the Ellipse by the White House for his rally and speech to contest the certification by the US Congress of the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Presidents Park on the Ellipse by the White House for his rally and speech to contest the certification by the US Congress of the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 An injured supporter of US President Donald Trump is helped after a clash with counter-protesters during protests in Washington, US. (Image: Reuters)
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An injured supporter of US President Donald Trump is helped after a clash with counter-protesters during protests in Washington, US. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump join in prayer with Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump join in prayer with Jeremy LaPointe of Lumberton, Texas outside the US Capitol where Congress will meet to certify the electoral college vote for President-elect Joe Biden, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump scale the walls of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump scale the walls of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington, US. (Image: Reuters)
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A supporter of President Donald Trump carries a Confederate battle flag on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington, US. (Image: Reuters)

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 A police officer talks with a man after a clash with supporters of US President Donald Trump outside of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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A police officer talks with a man after a clash with supporters of US President Donald Trump outside of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Members of the US Capitol Police walk inside the Capitol as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest outside, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Members of the US Capitol Police walk inside the Capitol as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump protest outside, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in front of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Police confront supporters of President Donald Trump as they demonstrate on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Police confront supporters of President Donald Trump as they demonstrate on the second floor of the US Capitol near the entrance to the Senate after breaching security defenses, in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A US Capitol police officer shoots pepper spray at a protestor attempting to enter the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 election results on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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A US Capitol police officer shoots pepper spray at a protestor attempting to enter the Capitol building during a joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 election results on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Police officers stand guard as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather outside of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Police officers stand guard as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather outside of the US Capitol Building in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A supporter of US President Donald Trump reacts after being tear-gassed by police during a protest, in Washington, US. (Image: Reuters)
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A supporter of US President Donald Trump reacts after being tear-gassed by police during a protest, in Washington, US. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather at a rally at Freedom Plaza, ahead of the US Congress certification of the November 2020 election results, during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather at a rally at Freedom Plaza, ahead of the US Congress certification of the November 2020 election results, during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 A supporter of US President Donald Trump wearing a costume attends a rally ahead of the US Congress certification of the November 2020 election results during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)
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A supporter of US President Donald Trump wearing a costume attends a rally ahead of the US Congress certification of the November 2020 election results during protests in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather at a rally at Freedom Plaza. (Image: Reuters)
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Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather at a rally at Freedom Plaza. (Image: Reuters)

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 Workers build the stage on the ellipse near the White House, ahead of expected rallies in support of President Donald Trump. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial can be seen in the background. (Image: AP)
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Workers build the stage on the ellipse near the White House, ahead of expected rallies in support of President Donald Trump. The Thomas Jefferson Memorial can be seen in the background. (Image: AP)

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