BBC News:- US President-elect Joe Biden has blasted the “insurrection” of pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol and he demanded an end to their “siege”.
The Democrat called on outgoing President Donald Trump to “step up” and repudiate the violence.
In a tweeted video, Mr Trump repeated debunked claims the vote was “stolen”, but urged protesters to “go home”.
A joint session of Congress confirming electoral college votes has been suspended and forced into recess.
What did Biden say?
Mr Biden said: “I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.
“To storm the Capitol, to smash windows, to occupy offices on the floor of the United States Senate, rummaging through desks, on the House of Representatives, threatening the safety of duly elected officials.
“It’s not protest; it’s insurrection.”
What did Trump say?
Mr Trump responded in a recorded video on Twitter, repeating his unproven claims of fraud in November’s White House election.
“I know your pain. I know you’re hurt,” said the Republican president, who leaves office on 20 January.
“We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it, especially the other side.
“But you have to go home now. We have to have peace.”
Twitter added a warning label to the tweet, citing the disputed claim of election fraud and “risk of violence”.
What’s happening at the Capitol?
There have been reports of guns drawn in the building and at least one person shot.
A woman was reported to be in a critical condition after receiving a neck injury.
There has been an armed confrontation at the doors of the House of Representatives.
Tear gas has also been used.
Members of Congress have been told to evacuate the building or remain where they are. One congresswoman tweeted that she was staying in her office.
Vice-President Mike Pence called on the rioters to leave the Capitol immediately, saying the violence and destruction “must stop now”.
Rioters were seen marching through the building chanting “We want Trump” and one was photographed in the Senate president’s chair.
A citywide curfew has been declared from 18:00 to 06:00 (23:00 to 11:00 GMT) by Washington DC’s mayor.
There are also reports of protests at state legislatures in Kansas and Georgia.
Headline photo caption: Law-enforcement officers pointed guns at a door in the House chamber in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.