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4 deaths, 52 arrested after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol, Trump banned on Facebook, Twitter

Christian Fernsby |
Four people died and 52 were arrested, Washington D.C.’s police chief said, after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.

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In a late night news conference, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee said 47 of the 52 arrests to date were related to violations of Mayor Muriel Bowser’s 6 p.m. curfew, with 26 of those involving people arrested on U.S. Capitol grounds.

Several others were arrested on charges related to carrying unlicensed or prohibited firearms.

In addition, Contee said, two pipe bombs were recovered from the headquarters of the Republican and Democratic national committees, as well as a cooler from a vehicle on U.S. Capitol grounds that contained Molotov cocktails.

Contee declined to identify the woman a Capitol Police officer shot and killed, saying next of kin notification was still pending.

Three other people also died on Wednesday because of medical emergencies, he added, and 14 police officers were injured - two of whom remain hospitalized.

The mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, has extended public emergency for the next 15 days with support from the members of New York National Guard who would be deployed to Washington on Wednesday night following riots in the US Capitol.

The order from Mayor Bowser would be effective till a day after president-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

"Today, First Amendment protests turned violent. Many persons came to the District armed and for the purpose of engaging in violence and destruction and have engaged in violence and destruction. They have fired chemical irritants, bricks, bottles, and guns," Mayor Bowser said in her order.

"They have breached the security of the Capitol and their destructive and riotous behaviour has the potential to spread beyond the Capitol,” it continued. "Their motivation is ongoing. Today, they sought to disrupt the Congressional proceedings relating to the acceptance of electoral college votes."

The order under emergency measures gives the city administrator, Kevin Donahue, the authority to implement actions that are “necessary or appropriate to protect persons and property in the District of Columbia.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that he was sending troops for two weeks to help a peaceful transition of presidential power.

“At the request of United States National Guard officials, I am deploying 1,000 members of the New York National Guard to Washington, DC, for up to two weeks to aid and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement.

Twitter and Facebook suspended Donald Trump’s accounts for the first time, finally escalating their crackdown on the president’s social media posts after he encouraged and supported rioters at the U.S. Capitol.

Twitter required Mr Trump to delete certain posts after “repeated and severe” violations of its rules on election misinformation, including a video sending love to the violent uprising in Washington.

The same video was also removed by Google’s YouTube and helped tip the scales at Facebook, which said it’s banning Mr Trump’s page from posting for 24 hours.

“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” Twitter wrote in a post on its site.

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