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Voice of Real Australia: Capitol chaos rocks Washington DC

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The National Guard protecting the Capitol Building after an afternoon of chaos in Washington DC. Photo: Getty

The National Guard protecting the Capitol Building after an afternoon of chaos in Washington DC. Photo: Getty

Breaking into the normal scheduling, our apologies for that, however we felt it was necessary as unheard of scenes unfold in the US capital.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrisonjoined in with world leaders in condemning the violence.

He took to Twitter to say "very distressing scenes at the US Congress".

"We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition."

In the early hours of the morning our time, afternoon Washington time, Pro-Donald Trump protesters clashed with police, breaching barricades of the Capitol building and were able to enter the building on Capitol Hill, disrupting politicians' formal approval of Joe Biden's election win.

Trump had previously urged his supporters to travel to Washington to protest against Congress' approval of Biden's victory in the November presidential election.

Both chambers of Congress were forced into an abrupt recess by the protest as they were debating the Electoral College vote that gave Biden the presidency.

Police told politicians to put on gas masks after tear gas was dispersed in the Capitol Rotunda amid skirmishes.

Senators were evacuated, with other politicians tweeting that they were taking shelter in their offices.

One person was reported to have been shot amid the protests, with the exact circumstances being unclear.

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