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LIVE ON AIR--- NPR's coverage of the siege of the U.S. Capitol

Alabama Public Radio is presenting NPR's rolling coverage of protesters who breeched the U.S. Capitol building and the floor of the U.S. Senate. The attack followed a public address by President Trump where he allegedly urged his followers to take action following the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden as winner of the race for U.S. President.

From the Associated Press--- The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump police. Dozens of people breached security perimeters at the Capitol and lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was fired in the Rotunda. Lawmakers had been meeting to affirm Joe Biden’s victory. The skirmishes occurred outside the building, in the very spot president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks. Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear. Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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