Hundreds of people stormed the Capitol after a speech by the elected US President Donald Trump to his supporters in Washington. The congressional session to formally confirm the result was suspended and Mayor Muriel Bowser imposed a curfew. The events in stern-Ticker.
After hundreds of US President Donald Trump’s supporters rushed to the Capitol in Washington, people broke into the House of Parliament. The US news agency AP reported, citing the building’s security service. TV pictures also showed protesters in the building. The two houses of Congress abruptly interrupted their sessions in view of the situation. According to the AP, the parliamentary seat was cordoned off. Because of the protests, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a curfew.
The events in the US capital in the star ticker:
+++ 9:56 p.m.: Vice President Pence condemns events in the US Capitol +++
US Vice President Mike Pence has condemned the turbulent events around the US Capitol in Washington. “Peaceful protest is the right of every American, but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be held accountable with all the harshness of the law,” Pence tweeted.
+++ 9:54 p.m.: US MPs accuse Trump supporters of “attempted coup” +++
After the storming of the Congress building in Washington, US MPs accused militant supporters of the outgoing US President Donald Trump with a “coup attempt”. “This is anarchy. This is an attempted coup,” said MP Seth Moulton. A congressional session had previously been canceled to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
+++ 9.47 p.m.: White House spokeswoman: National Guard is on the move +++
According to the White House, the National Guard will be deployed in the turbulent events around the US Capitol in Washington. “On the instructions of President Donald Trump, the National Guard is on the move with other federal protection services,” wrote Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany on Twitter.
+++ 9.40 p.m.: US media: a person shot +++
According to US media, a person was shot at the Capitol during the riots in Washington. The news agency AP and the TV broadcaster Fox 5 TV report unanimously. CNN reported on a woman with a life-threatening gunshot wound to her upper body who was in mortal danger. It is still unclear whether it is the same person. The background is also not yet known.
Note: This report briefly contained the information that a person had been shot. This has not yet been expressly confirmed. Please excuse the mistake.
+++ 9:27 p.m.: TV stations show pictures of demonstrators in the US Senate Chamber +++
In the turbulent events around the US Capitol in Washington, protesters broke into the Senate Chamber of the Parliament building. The TV channels C-Span and NBC showed pictures of protesters walking around the room or sitting on chairs. A session of Congress had recently taken place in the building to confirm the results of the presidential election and thus the victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
+++ 9 p.m .: AP: MPs in the Capitol should put on gas masks +++
The MPs in the US Capitol, besieged by Trump supporters, have been asked by the police to put on gas masks. The US news agency AP reported that tear gas had previously leaked in the building in Washington.
+++ 8:54 p.m .: Trump to protesting supporters: “Stay peaceful!” +++
The elected US President Donald Trump has called on his supporters in the US capital Washington to remain peaceful in their protest. “Stay peaceful!” He wrote on Twitter and called on the demonstrators to support the police and security forces who were “on the side of our country”.
Earlier, in his speech about alleged fraud in the US presidential election, Trump had called on his supporters to move to the Capitol
+++ 8:51 p.m.: AP: Capitol security reports from intruders +++
After hundreds of US President Donald Trump’s supporters rushed to the Capitol in Washington, people broke into the House of Parliament. The US news agency AP reported, citing the building’s security service. TV pictures also showed protesters in the building.
+++ 8.47 p.m.: Mayor imposes curfew in Washington +++
The mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser, has ordered a curfew over the protests of supporters of the elected US President Donald Trump in the heart of the US capital. It will come into force on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (local time / midnight CET) and end on Thursday morning at 6 a.m. (12 noon CET), Bowser announced.
+++ 8.35 p.m.: AP: Capitol sealed off because of hundreds of demonstrators +++
After hundreds of US President Donald Trump’s supporters rushed to the Capitol in Washington, the AP news agency said that the seat of parliament was sealed off. Inside, both chambers of parliament had gathered to confirm the results of the November presidential election. The protesters made their way up to the steps in front of the building in Washington.
+++ 8:33 p.m.: Protests at the US Capitol – congressional sessions surprisingly interrupted +++
Amid protests by supporters of the elected US President Donald Trump in front of the Capitol in Washington, the two chambers of Congress surprisingly interrupted their sessions. An official explanation for the abrupt interruption was initially not given.
+++ 8:14 p.m.: McConnell calls resistance to the US election result a danger for the Republic +++
The Republican Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has strongly opposed attempts by his own party to overturn the results of the US presidential election. The voters, the states and the courts had spoken – “if we overrule them, it could damage our republic forever,” said McConnell in the Senate. It would be “unjust and wrong” to disenfranchise American voters and overrule the courts. Looking at the deep rifts in the tussle over the election result, McConnell warned: “We cannot drift further apart into two separate tribes with different facts and different realities.”
+++ 7.49 p.m.: Tussles in front of the Capitol after Trump speech +++
Before the results of the US presidential election were confirmed in the US Congress, tussles broke out between supporters of the elected President Donald Trump and security officials in front of the Capitol in Washington. Several TV channels showed how hundreds of supporters of the US president marched towards the seat of parliament after a speech by Trump, some of them engaged in fights with emergency services. According to the Washington Post, at least two buildings belonging to the Parliament complex nearby have been evacuated.
In his speech on alleged fraud in the US presidential election, Trump had called on his supporters to move to the Capitol, which houses the Senate and the House of Representatives.
+++ 7:23 p.m.: Certification of the US election results in the US Congress begins +++
The US House of Representatives and the Senate have come together in Washington to officially confirm the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the US presidential election. This is usually a formality in the United States’ post-election process. However, various Republicans from both chambers of Congress have announced that they will appeal the results from several US states – fueled by unsubstantiated fraud allegations by incumbent President Donald Trump. In this way, they can force the two chambers to withdraw to separate meetings in order to debate the objections and, at the end of the day, vote on whether they should follow them or not. This is likely to delay the process considerably and ensure that the meeting continues until Thursday.
The disruptive action has no prospect of success. Both chambers of congress would have to agree to an objection, which is considered impossible in view of the majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.
Republican Trump had lost the presidential election in early November by a clear margin to his Democratic challenger Biden. Trump refuses to admit defeat. He claims he was robbed of victory by massive fraud. Neither Trump nor his lawyers provided any substantive evidence of this. Dozens of lawsuits from the Trump camp have so far been thrown out of courts, including the US Supreme Court.
The state electorate confirmed Biden’s victory. The Democrat got 306 of the 538 votes – 36 more than required. 232 electorates voted for Trump. The results from the US states are read out and counted at the congressional session. At the end the final result is announced. Then it is official who has won the election.