According to the Huffington Post, the head of security in Congress stated that the Congress building is now secured.
“The whole room erupted in cheers,” Matt Fuller wrote about the moment when the security chief made the announcement.
The head of security in Congress stated that the Congress building was secured just before the curfew in Washington was to take effect at 6:00 PM local time.
The news agency Reuters also reports that the head of security has declared the Congress building as secure.
The members of Congress were evacuated, and voting was suspended.
Several people, including police officers, were injured in the uprising.
“We have reports that there are several injured officers. However, these officers are receiving treatment and are still in the fight to regain control of the area even though they are injured. They work, and they work hard to regain control,” police chief Robert Contee said.
At least 13 people have been arrested so far, but this number may increase significantly as the police action on the spot will continue throughout the evening.
“We have just over 13 arrests. I would add that none of those arrested are residents of DC. There are people from outside our area,” Contee said.
The situation was very dramatic for hours.
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