AP PHOTOS: Scenes of violence at U.S. Capitol shock world

Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_82539 Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_19083 Trump supporters participate in a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. The president is expected to address a rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_80842 Trump supporters participate in a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_93743 People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_36846 Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_69286 Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_32970 Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_13724 Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_67893 A woman is helped up by police during a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_14544 Trump supporters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_73861 U.S. Capitol Police try to hold back protesters outside the east doors to the House side of the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_35667 People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_13833 Lawmakers prepare to evacuate the the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_28049 U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_16393 U.S. Capitol Police hold protesters at gun-point near the House Chamber inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_34041 Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_82539 Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_30634 Papers and other equipment after the House floor was evacuate as protesters tried to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_19083 Trump supporters participate in a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. The president is expected to address a rally on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_69775 Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_80842 Trump supporters participate in a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_69722 President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Biden has called the violent protests on the U.S. Capitol "an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people's business."
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_93743 People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_69286 Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_32970 Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_13724 Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_67893 A woman is helped up by police during a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_73861 U.S. Capitol Police try to hold back protesters outside the east doors to the House side of the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_35667 People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_17107 People shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_13833 Lawmakers prepare to evacuate the House gallery as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_28049 U.S. Capitol Police with guns drawn stand near a barricaded door as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_16393 U.S. Capitol Police hold protesters at gun-point near the House Chamber inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_34041 Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_30634 Papers and other equipment after the House floor was evacuate as protesters tried to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
Electoral_College_Photo_Gallery_69722 President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Biden has called the violent protests on the U.S. Capitol "an assault on the most sacred of American undertakings: the doing of the people's business."
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A mob invading the U.S. Capitol. Police officers with guns drawn inside the House of Representatives. Lawmakers hiding from intruders seeking to overturn a national election.

These and other scenes from Capitol Hill shocked the world Wednesday as violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the nation’s halls of power in a brazen attempt to undercut democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House in two weeks.

The chaos halted Congress’ constitutionally mandated counting of the Electoral College results, which showed Biden defeated Trump, 306-232.

In the morning, Trump rallied his supporters outside the White House and urged them to march to the Capitol. Hours later, after they fought police and breached the building, he told them to “go home in peace.” He described them as “very special people” whose cause he supported.

Biden, speaking from Wilmington, Delaware, called on Trump to go on national television to demand “an end to this siege.”

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