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US Capitol locked down as Donald Trump supporters clash with police

The US Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police.

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Suporters of US President Donald Trump gather at a rally at Freedom Plaza in Washington

The locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President and police.

The Police announce security breach inside as lawmakers meet to vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Biden's victory.
 

Due to an external security threat, no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said.

Both chambers abruptly went into recess.

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Supporters of US President protest the U.S. presidential election results in Washington

The skirmishes occurred outside in the very spot where president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks.

Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitols steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back. Some in the crowd were shouting traitors as officers tried to keep them back.

A suspicious package was also reported in the area, Capitol Police said.

The skirmishes came just shortly after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters, riling up the crowd with his baseless claims of election fraud at a rally near the White House on Wednesday ahead of Congress' vote.

We will not let them silence your voices, Trump told the protesters, who had lined up before sunrise to get a prime position to hear the president.

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First Published: Thu, January 07 2021. 01:34 IST
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