[Explanation] On January 6, local time, the U.S. Congress convened a joint meeting to begin counting the electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.
The meeting was interrupted for about an hour after demonstrators stormed into the Parliament building.
[Explanation] According to the U.S. Constitution, both houses of Congress need to count and certify the voting results of electors in the presidential election. This will be the last step to formally confirm the president's election.
This step is usually only symbolic, but this year US President Trump and many Republican lawmakers expressed their opposition to the voting results of some state electors, adding uncertainty to the "ceremony."
[Explanation] On the same day, a large number of Trump supporters gathered outside the Congress, raising the banner of supporting Trump.
The US media said the move was intended to put pressure on congressmen.
Demonstrators outside the Congress clashed with security personnel.
Some demonstrators smashed the window glass on the west side of the Congress at about 2 o'clock, rushed into the Congress and entered the Senate, the House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi's office and other places.
The Senate and House of Representatives immediately suspended the debate and adjourned the meeting and began to withdraw.
Congress has also declared a state of "closed", prohibiting people from entering and leaving.
[Commentary] Regarding the demonstrators rushing into Congress, Trump posted on social media, "Please support the Congress police and keep the peace."
According to U.S. media reports, the National Guard, Washington police, and Virginia police all rushed to Congress to control the situation.
At 3:40 in the afternoon, the police basically cleared the Congressional Senate, but there were still a large number of demonstrators gathered in places such as the Congress steps, second-floor corridors, and square locations.
[Explanation] According to CNN, a woman was shot in the chest during the conflict and was seriously injured.
Several other policemen were slightly injured.
[Explanation] At 4:20 in the afternoon, Trump made a video speech to reiterate that his victory was "stolen" and the election was "full of fraud", but "you must go home now to ensure law and order."
[Explanation] Regarding the incident of demonstrators rushing into Congress that day, the US media expressed "unbelievable and unprecedented" and called it "riots" and "riots."
[Explanation] As of 5 pm, some demonstrators still gathered around the Congress.
The congressional "custody order" has not been cancelled.
[Explanation] At present, it is still unknown when the meeting to count the electoral votes will be resumed.
U.S. media quoted sources familiar with the matter as saying that congressional leaders demanded that the situation be completely controlled first.
Reporter Chen Mengtong and Sha Hanting from Washington, USA
Editor in charge: [Zhang Kaixin]