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

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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.

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image captionDusk falls around the US Capitol as Trump supporters continue their occupation of its front steps
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image captionA protester carries the Confederate flag after breaching US Capitol security
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image captionProtesters wearing pro-Trump merchandise take photographs inside the building
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image captionOne protester is seen carrying a plinth from a room at the US Capitol
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image captionCapitol police officers point guns at a protester from inside the House chamber
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image captionA protester jumps over a balcony to reach the Senate floor
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image captionLawmakers and Capitol staff wear protective gas masks during the siege
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image captionA flag reading "Trump is my president" is waved by one protester
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image captionAfter sitting at the desk of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one protester leaves a message reading "we will not back down"
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image captionSeveral protesters are detained by heavily-armed police
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image captionProtesters speak to police and other Capitol staff during a tense stand-off inside
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image captionDozens of protesters celebrate after reaching the Capitol's central rotunda
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image captionTrump supporters pose for pictures on the Senate dais
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image captionSome of the protesters are wearing face paint and costumes
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image captionOne Trump supporter is seen dressed as the Statue of Liberty
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image captionPresident-elect Joe Biden tells President Donald Trump to "step up" in response to the protests
image captionTwitter describes President Trump's response to the protests as posing a "risk of violence"
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image captionEarlier, supporters of US President Donald Trump gathered outside the Capitol

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