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Listen Live: Special Coverage Of Violent Protests at U.S Capitol

Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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Protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Violent protesters supporting President Trump have stormed the U.S. Capitol after demonstrations Wednesday in Washington, D.C., prompting the Capitol Police to lock down all building within the U.S. Capitol complex.

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Police have alerted individuals in the Capitol to shelter in place, citing a "security threat inside the building."

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a citywide curfew from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday.

The protests came hours into a joint session of Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over Trump.

Ahead of the violence, Trump addressed his cheering supporters and urged them to march to the Capitol, once again baselessly alleging widespread fraud that rigged the election against him. His supporters later pushed back against security barriers and forced Congress into a recess while members, staff and press took shelter.

In a tweet, Trump called on the protesters to "remain peaceful. No violence!"

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