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One dead in ‘coup attempt’ in US capital Washington!


The protester who took charge temporarily as Speaker of the House

Washington, US | THE INDEPENDENT & XINHUA | A plan by supporters of US President Donald Trump to take control of the Capitol building has left one dead, and a curfew declared to help halt what many have referred to as a ‘coup attempt’.

The U.S. Congress had convened in a joint session earlier in the day to certify Biden’s victory, but both the House and the Senate, which were separately debating an objection to the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes, had to recess and evacuate after protesters, cheered on by Trump, breached the Capitol.

The United States Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government. It is located on Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Confrontations between law enforcement officers and protesters have caused injuries from both sides. A woman who was shot on the Capitol grounds has died, according to police. Tear gas dominated the building as police struggled to regain control.

The Sergeant-at-Arms announced Wednesday evening that the U.S. Capitol building is secure, as a citywide curfew for the District of Columbia has taken effect and will continue until Thursday morning. Meanwhile, riot police are pushing protesters away from the Capitol Hill.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the congressional top Democrat, said in a letter to lawmakers that Congress will resume the counting of electoral votes Wednesday night once the Capitol is cleared for use.

Biden condemns ‘insurrection’

After police took charge of the situation,  U.S. President-elect Joe Biden condemned what he called “insurrection” at the U.S. Capitol  after some supporters of the Republican incumbent, Donald Trump, broke into the building, forcing electoral vote counting to halt.

“This is not protest, it’s insurrection,” Biden said in Wilmington, Delaware. “This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition.”

He added that, “Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.”

The Democrat went on saying that he’s calling on Trump to “go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.”

Trump has refused to acknowledge defeat in the 2020 presidential race with Biden and has been pushing claims of a “fraudulent” election, which have been dismissed by U.S. courts at different levels due to a profound lack of evidence.

In a video clip posted on Twitter in the wake of the chaotic situation, Trump urged his supporters to “go home” after demonstrations.

“You have to go home now. We have to have peace,” the president said. “We have to have law and order. We have to respect our great people in law and order. We don’t want anybody hurt.”

The U.S. Congress convened in a joint session earlier in the day to certify Biden’s victory, but both the House and the Senate, which were separately debating an objection to the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes, had to recess and evacuate after protesters breached the Capitol.

World leaders shocked

Tweets from world leaders:

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the violence against the American institutions is a grave attack on democracy

The Speaker of Parliament of Turkey asked the US to set a better example

From the Netherlands

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the scenes in the U.S. Congress as a disgraceful.



One comment

  1. Saddened Ugandan

    As international headlines continue to expose the hypocrisy of foreign meddlers who choose to disrespect the sovereignty of other nations, Ugandans continue to mind their business and focus on moving forward. As law abiding citizens, we remain confident that hooliganism inspired by losers will not interfere with our democratic processes, in contrast to what seems to be the case in paradise:

    Violent pro-Trump mob storms Capitol

    “Over 2,700 troops to be deployed in nation’s capital”

    Matthew 7:1-5

    1“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

    2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    3“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

    4How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?

    5You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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