Armed supporters of President Trump storm the Capitol building and force a lockdown, halting debate in the House and Senate

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  • Rioters smash windows and clash with police, with one person reportedly shot and wounded. Lawmakers have been taken to an undisclosed location
  • The National Guard has been called in to provide additional security
  • President-elect Joe Biden has blasted the "insurrection" and demanded Trump appear on television to call an end to the "siege"
  • Trump has called on his supporters to go home via Twitter. Earlier he told supporters in Washington DC he would "never concede" the election
  • The violence came as Congress was meeting to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral college victory
  • Some Republicans are trying to overturn the results in some states but lack sufficient support
  • Meanwhile, the Democrats have won control of the Senate after Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republican incumbents

How did we get here?

If you're just joining our live coverage, here's how the day unfolded:

  • It began with good news for Democrats as they looked poised to take control of the US Senate with two projected wins in Georgia
  • President Donald Trump addressed supporters in Washington DC, saying he would "never concede" and that now was not the time for "weakness"
  • As Trump wrapped up his speech, Congress convened a joint session to certify the results of the 2020 election – and Joe Biden's win. It is the final step before Biden's inauguration as the 46th president on 20 January
  • Seeking to disrupt the proceedings in Congress, a large group of pro-Trump supporters breached barricades, scaled walls and forced lawmakers to evacuate the premises. The violence has continued for hours.
  • The DC National Guard has been deployed to the Capitol, to back up law enforcement at the scene.
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