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Capitol Hill Staffers Ordered To Evacuate Amid DC Chaos

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Following President Trump’s address to supporters at a rally in Washington on Wednesday afternoon, a group of demonstrators marched to the US Capitol and reportedly breached several layers of security barricades around the building.

Just before 1300 ET, a group of Trump supporters “toppled the barricades, storming through them to the grassy fields leading to the Capitol,” according to WaPo

Inside the Capitol, Congress is meeting to certify the electoral college votes for President-elect Joe Biden

Amid the unfolding chaos, staff in the Cannon House Office building to evacuate, according to a notice obtained by Bloomberg. Madison office building staff have also been told to evacuate. 

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 6, 2021

Demonstrators are becoming increasingly violent towards police.   

— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 6, 2021

Trump supporters are attempting to break police lines at the Capitol. 

Trump supporters are trying to break past police lines at the Capitol building.pic.twitter.com/kzLo2vWyfq

— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) January 6, 2021

“Whoa: Trump supporters going at it with the police on the steps of the Capitol as Congress counts the Electoral College ballots inside,” HuffPost’s Philip Lewis tweeted.

Whoa: Trump supporters going at it with the police on the steps of the Capitol as Congress counts the Electoral College ballots inside pic.twitter.com/LiQhaa5KkQ

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 6, 2021

Representative Haley Stevens tweeted that she is “sheltering in place in my office.” She said the building next to her is being “evacuated.” 

Stevens wrote: “I can’t believe I have to write this.” 

I’m sheltering in place in my office. The building next door has been evacuated. I can’t believe I have to write this.

— Rep. Haley Stevens (@RepHaleyStevens) January 6, 2021

Here are more views outside of the Capitol. The Daily Dot’s Zachary Petrizzo said police are now firing tear gas into the crowd. 

Capitol Police are now firing tear gas into the crowd. pic.twitter.com/T0ToS93oyn

— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) January 6, 2021

Apparently, the crowd outside the Capitol is increasing in size. 

More photos of what’s going on outside from the Capitol: pic.twitter.com/56mW2OEk2p

— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) January 6, 2021

CNN’s Kaitlan Collins has just tweeted the “US Capitol is now on lockdown.” 

The US Capitol is now on lockdown.

— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 6, 2021

Protesters are now at the steps of the Capitol. 

Protesters have breached police lines and are now on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.#US🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/9ru0qq5yxa

— RAVEEN (@raveenaujmaya) January 6, 2021

*This story is developing 

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