The United States Congress met at the Capitol on Wednesday to formally determine that Joe Biden is the winner of the presidential election.

About an hour after the session in the Capitol began, Trump supporters stormed the building and chaos erupted at the heart of American democracy. lists exactly how that went.

12:00 PM (6:00 PM Dutch time): Thousands of Trump supporters at the Capitol

Thousands of Trump supporters have come to Washington to demonstrate against the election results.

In a speech to a group of supporters in front of the White House, Donald Trump reiterated that he does not recognize or give up the election results.

In the Capitol, members of the Senate and House of Representatives gather to vote on Joe Biden's appointment as president.

Vice President Mike Pence emphasizes just before the hearing that he only holds a ceremonial position and cannot change the outcome of the session.

With this, Pence goes against Trump, who repeatedly emphasized that the vice president must "send back" the electors.


Trump speaks of 'fake' elections prior to storming

2.19 p.m. (8.19 p.m. Dutch time): Supporters break through Capitool barricades

Hundreds of Trump supporters break through the Capitol's barricades.

Not much later they also enter the building.

Congressmen are evacuated from the building.

They wear gas masks because tear gas is used.

Some Congressmen are trying in vain to block the doors to the Senate floor.

Someone is shot in the Capitol, it is later revealed that it is a female Trump supporter.

It is unclear who shot her.

Later in the evening it becomes clear that in the end four people died on and around the Capitol.

Congressmen take shelter under benches during the storming of the Capitol.

Congressmen take shelter under benches during the storming of the Capitol.

Photo: ANP

3:00 PM (9:00 PM Dutch time): Curfew Declared

The mayor of Washington declares a curfew from midnight to Thursday 12:00 PM (Dutch time).

There are still Trump supporters in the Capitol, with flags and weapons.

They include in the chambers of Congressmen and on the Senate floor.

Republicans and Democrats on Twitter are calling on protesters to leave the building.

Trump "calls on everyone to remain peaceful," but calls on his supporters to stop the storming.

Trump supporters in the Capitol.

Trump supporters in the Capitol.

Photo: ANP

4 p.m. (10 p.m. Dutch time): Biden gives a speech


a speech,

American president elect Biden condemns the storming of Congress.

"At the moment our democracy is under attack in an unparalleled way. This is not a protest, but an uprising. I am shocked and sad that our country has reached such a dark point."

The incumbent president Trump also released a statement.

He reiterates his baseless assertion that the elections were "stolen" and that he won them.

He adds that people should go home now.

Meanwhile, the riot police have also entered the government building.

There does not seem to be any visible arrests yet.


Trump supporters attack journalists at Capitol

5 p.m. (11 p.m. Dutch time): Protesters are slowly moving away from the Capitol.

Trump eventually calls on his supporters to go home.

Peace seems to be returning reasonably well to the Capitol.

This is not due to the actions of the police, but mainly because the Trump supporters leave of their own accord.

At 11:38 p.m. (Dutch time) all Trump supporters were removed from the building.

The police are also starting to sweep the area around the government building.

Officers line up and people are forced to leave the area.

Explosions can be heard regularly, probably from flash grenades.

See also: Washington Capitol turns to chaos after storming

6:00 p.m. (0.00 a.m. Dutch time): Curfew begins, Congress wants to reunite.

The curfew has now started in Washington, but the streets remain restless with Trump supporters.

Mitch McConnell has announced that he wants to continue the vote in Congress.

Several social media outlets, including Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, have since removed a video of Trump, in which he says again that fraud was committed in the elections and that the storming is a logical consequence.

Twitter decides to block Trump's account for 12 hours, Facebook and Instagram follow shortly after with a 24-hour ban.

It is now also known that the previously shot woman died of her injuries.

It concerns a former veteran and Trump supporter from San Diego.

8 p.m. (2 a.m. Dutch time): Congress reunites

A few hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Congress is reunited.

The counting of electoral votes for the presidential election will resume on Wednesday evening.

As far as is known, 52 arrests have been made: at least 30 for violating curfews and 13 for, among other things, storming the Capitol and assaulting officers.

Some ministers in Trump's cabinet are considering using the 25th Amendment to impeach Trump,



based on Republican sources.

It would still be exploratory talks.

See also: This is what you wanted to know about the storming of the Capitol

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