The mood outside Capitol Hill is tense a few hours after President Donald Trump urged his supporters to march on the Congress building in Washington.
Thousands of protesters are allegedly present at the site.
Some call what has happened a coup attempt, and photos show that several protesters entered the building.
Pence escorted to safety
Police have asked elected officials to put on a gas mask because there is tear gas in the building.
Vice President Mike Pence has been escorted to safety, and Congress has been evacuated.
Several police officers were also injured as a result of the violence.
People in the city are required to stay indoors.
Unclear when Congress can convene again
It is unclear when Congress could reconvene to complete the certification of Joe Biden as the election winner.
The Angry supporters of Donald Trump besieged US capital buildingsald Trump on Wednesday.
By the time of the siege, only 12 of the 538 election delegate votes had been certified.
Congress members are now being evacuated and taken to Fort McNair, according to CNN. Fort McNair is a military base near the capital.
Several sources told CNN that it is not clear when Congress will convene again.
“When it is safe, we will return to complete our constitutional duty. This is the United States. We do not want a mob to undermine the rule of law,” Hakeem Jeffries said.
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