US National Guard Activated As Trump Supporters Swarm Capitol

President Donald Trump called for “peaceful” protests on Wednesday

National Guard troops are being mobilized in Washington and neighboring states after protesters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday, the White House and Pentagon said, reported news agency AFP.

President Donald Trump called for “peaceful” protests on Wednesday after his supporters entered the Capitol following a rally during which he urged Congress to reject Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory, reported news agency AFP.

“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” Trump said on Twitter more than an hour after protesters breached a security cordon.

“They are truly on the side of our Country,” Trump said. “Stay peaceful!”

The House of Representatives and Senate went into recess as protesters disrupted a session called to certify the Electoral College votes from the November 3 presidential election.

Here are the LIVE updates:

“Go Home”: Trump Urges Supporters After US Capitol Storming
President Donald Trump tells supporters to “go home” after storming of US Capitol, reported news agency AFP.

Boris Johnson Condemns “Disgraceful Scenes” In Washington
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today condemned the “disgraceful scenes” at the US Congress by Donald Trump supporters and urged a peaceful transition to Democrat Joe Biden’s presidency, reported news agency AFP. “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. 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,” Johnson said on Twitter.

US Capitol Violence “Insurrection”, Says President-Elect Joe Biden
President-elect Biden brands US Capitol violence an “insurrection”, reported news agency AFP.

“Stop Trampling On Democracy,” German Foreign Minister Tells US Protesters
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas today called on supporters of President Donald Trump to “stop trampling on democracy” after they smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions, reported news agency AFP. “Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decision of American voters and stop trampling on democracy,” he tweeted.

“Violence, Destruction Taking Place At US Capitol Must Stop, Must Stop Now,” Tweets Mike Pence
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence called for violence at the US Capitol to “stop now” after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building, reported news agency AFP. Mike Pence had been presiding over a joint session of Congress to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory when protesters who had attended a Trump rally nearby swarmed the Capitol.  “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now,” Pence said in a tweet.

Biden Denounces “Unprecedented Assault” On US Democracy As Trump Supporters Enter Capitol
“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault. Unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. An assault on citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on people’s representatives and the Capitol Hill police, sworn to protect them,” Says US President-Elect Joe Biden, reported news agency ANI.

US National Guard Activated To Help Quell Election Protests
National Guard troops are being mobilized in Washington and neighboring states after protesters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday, the White House and Pentagon said, reported news agency AFP. White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a tweet that Trump had directed the callup of National Guard troops “along with other federal protective services” to deal with the unrest.

Biden Urges Trump To Call For End To Capitol “Siege” On TV
Biden urges Trump to go on TV to call for end to Capitol ‘siege’, reported news agency AFP.

“Shocking Scenes In Washington,” Tweets NATO Chief As Trump Supporters Enter Capitol
“Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected,” tweets NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg.
One Shot, Wounded Inside US Capitol
A person was shot and wounded Wednesday inside the US Capitol amid chaotic scenes in Washington as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building in anger over his election defeat.

“One shooting victim was transported from the Capitol,” a person attached to an emergency response unit told news agency AFP, adding that there were “other injuries” in the chaotic protests and that the situation remained fluid.

US lawmakers denounce “coup” as Trump supporters storm Congress
US lawmakers decried an attempted “coup” against the US government Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump smashed into the US Congress and shut down legislative sessions.

“A mob storming the US Capitol to overturn an election. A coup in progress,” said Representative Val Demings in a tweet.

“This is anarchy. This is an attempted coup. And it’s happening in America because of lawless lawmakers,” added another congressman, Seth Moulton.

Others also characterizing the assault as a coup attempt blamed Trump for inciting the protesters, who halted the confirmation by Congress of Joe Biden as the winner of the November 3 election.

“The president is inciting domestic terrorism,” said Representative Mark Pocan.

Trump tells supporters to “stay peaceful”
President Donald Trump called for “peaceful” protests on Wednesday after his supporters stormed the Capitol following a rally during which he urged Congress to reject Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.

“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” Trump said on Twitter more than an hour after protesters breached a security cordon.

“They are truly on the side of our Country,” Trump said. “Stay peaceful!”

The House of Representatives and Senate went into recess as protesters disrupted a session called to certify the Electoral College votes from the November 3 presidential election.

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