Photos show how a pro-Trump mob armed with sticks and metal pipes forced their way through police barriers to storm the US Capitol

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A man raises a beam as police block an entrance to the Capitol.

  • The US Capitol went into lockdown as thousands of rioters stormed past police barricades. 
  • The protesters, armed with sticks and metal pipes, fought off tear gas to force their way into the halls of government. 
  • The melee sparked outrage and delayed certification of the results of the 2020 general election.  
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The crowd gathers opposite police.

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Pro-Trump supporters react to tear gas.

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One of the first rioters to break through the police line.

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Rioters overwhelm a police barricade.

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Rioters at the Capitol carry American and pro-Trump flags.

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An inured Trump supporter outside the Capitol.

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Protesters on the Capitol steps.

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A confrontation between police and a mob of Trump supporters.

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Rioters, armed with a seized police shield, attempting to force their way in to the Capitol.

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Police use tear gas to clear the area as dusk falls.

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