Supporters of US president Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC on Wednesday evening as a joint session of congress was being held to confirm the results of the recent presidential election.
In astonishing scenes demonstrators disrupted the work of congress and rummaged through the Capitol building, including in the chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
President elect Joe Biden condemned the incidents and appealed to president Trump to step up and call for his supporters to leave the Capitol building.
Order was restored after hours of chaos and Congress resumed the process of endorsing the result of the presidential election.
There has been widespread condemnation of the events on Capitol Hill and the storming of Congress, both in the United States and throughout the world.