There are current reports of shootings inside the Capitol building, where congresspeople are attempting to shelter, and there is little sign of demonstrators ceasing or standing down.
In the hours and minutes since Trump and Giuliani's speeches, demonstrators have been storming the Capitol building, breaking windows and making their way inside with MAGA banners and guns, and violently confronting members of Congress, many of who have had to shelter-in-place in their offices as they prepare to evacuate the building in gas masks.
AdvertisementUpon reaching their destination, several hundred Trump supporters toppled the barricades yelling “Forward!” as they descended upon the grassy fields leading to the Capitol. According toThe Washington Postsome protesters were stopped by law enforcement
as they tried to reach the steps of the building attempting to enter, but most were not.Inside, Congress was still counting electoral college votes while protestors descended. Across the street, Capitol Police ordered the evacuation of two Capitol campus buildings: the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building and the Cannon House Office Building.
So far, it is unclear who has been evacuated from the building or why law enforcement has not taken forceful action aswe've seen them do during numerous D.C. protests.According to CNN, Vice President Mike Pence has been evacuated, while President Trump is still in his office, and has since only tweeted once to encourage protestors to stand down in the face of police. headtopics.com
In the days leading up to the march, police designated areas where they expected protesters to gather as gun-free zones between Monday and Thursday, reports CNN. Signs were posted warning that gun possession during the protests would not be tolerated. Bowser
urged residents to stay away from the downtown area. “We will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city,” she said.At the time of publication, police have reported 12 protest-related arrests across Tuesday and Wednesday, including weapons charges, possessing a stun gun, simple assault, and assault on a police officer, among other violations. More are expected. The Department of Homeland Security staffed a “Virtual Situation Room” to help with communication during the protests, reports CNN. According to DHS spokesperson Alexei Woltornist, the organization is “
not currently tracking any active threats.” Read more: Refinery29 »
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