Capitol riots: Pro-Trump protesters storm the US legislature - in pictures

Protesters in support of US President Donald Trump swarmed the Capitol building, forcing officials to order lawmakers to shelter in place and halting debate in both the House and Senate. Congress was meeting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's electoral college victory.

Supporters of Donald Trump clash with police officers in front of the US Capitol
Dusk falls around the US Capitol as Trump supporters continue their occupation of its front steps
A protester carries the Confederate flag into the US Capitol building
A protester carries the Confederate flag after breaching US Capitol security
Pro-Trump protesters break in to the US Capitol
Protesters wearing pro-Trump merchandise take photographs inside the building
One protester carries a plinth from a room in the US Capitol
One protester is seen carrying a plinth from a room at the US Capitol
Capitol police point guns at a protester from inside the House chamber
Capitol police officers point guns at a protester from inside the House chamber
A protester hangs from the wall of the US Senate chamber
A protester jumps over a balcony to reach the Senate floor
US lawmakers and staff wear protective gear amid protests inside the Capitol
Lawmakers and Capitol staff wear protective gas masks during the siege
A protester carries a flag that reads "Trump is my president"
A flag reading "Trump is my president" is waved by one protester
A supporter of US President Donald Trump sits at the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
After sitting at the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one protester leaves a message reading "we will not back down"
Capitol police detain protesters inside the building
Several protesters are detained by heavily-armed police
Pro-Trump protesters break in to the US Capitol
Protesters speak to police and other Capitol staff during a tense stand-off inside
A US Capitol police officer shoots pepper spray at a protester attempting to enter the Capitol building
A US Capitol police officer shoots pepper spray at a protester entering the building through a broken window
Supporters of US President Donald J. Trump in the Capitol rotunda after breaching security
Dozens of protesters celebrate after reaching the Capitol's central rotunda
Trump supporters pose for pictures on the Senate dais
Trump supporters pose for pictures on the Senate dais
A Trump supporter wears face paint at a protest in Washington, DC
Some of the protesters are wearing face paint and costumes
Leigh Ann Luck dressed up as the Statue of Liberty shouts as supporters of President Donald Trump gather near the Capitol building in Washington
One Trump supporter is seen dressed as the Statue of Liberty
President-elect Joe Biden speaks amid protests in Washington
President-elect Joe Biden tells President Donald Trump to "step up" in response to the protests
Twitter flags Donald J Trump's response to the protests as posing a "risk of violence"
Twitter describes President Trump's response to the protests as posing a "risk of violence"
Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest outside the Capitol building
Earlier, supporters of US President Donald Trump gathered outside the Capitol

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