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IN PICTURES: Trump supporters breach US Capitol

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in a bid to overturn his election defeat, occupying the American symbol of democracy and forcing Congress to suspend its session to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump supporters briefly capture U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.
Supporters of President Trump clash with police officers outside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Image: Reuters)
Trump supporters storm the Capitol during clashes with police in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Image: Reuters)
An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Image: Reuters)
Several protesters are detained by heavily-armed police inside of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.
Trump supporter carries a Confederate battle flag in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Image: AFP)
Trump supporter sits inside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after breaching the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Image: AP)
One protester is seen carrying a plinth from a room at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021.
Rep. David Trone wears a gas mask inside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. (Image: Twitter/RepDavidTrone)
People rally near the White House in support of Trump (Image: AP)
Trump speaks to his supporters on Wednesday urging them to help him overturn his loss (Image: AP)

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