Boris Johnson slams 'disgraceful' scenes as pro-Trump supporters storm Capitol building and clash with police

BORIS Johnson has condemned pro-Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol building and clashed with police in shocking scenes.

One woman was shot and a number of people injured after the violent clashes today.

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Police used tear gas in a bid to force back the crowd after President Trump gave a speech to rally-goers in Washington claiming he had lost the US election due to fraud.

The chaos saw protesters break down fences and doors to gain access as members of Congress met to vote and certify the election results.

Boris Johnson tweeted: "Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power."

Senators were forced to evacuate or lockdown inside the Captiol building as riot police clashed with demonstrators.

Senators began to evacuate the building as cops said tear gas was deployed in the rotunda, Bloomberg reported.

President Trump later urged supporters to "go home", saying in a video on Twitter: "I know you're hurt, we had an election that was stolen from us.

"But you have to go home now, we have to have peace, we have to have law and order."

UK politicians from all parties condemned the "profoundly shocking" scenes.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer added: "Horrendous scenes from the US. These are not 'protesters' – this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted that the scenes from the Capitol were "utterly horrifying".

She added: "Solidarity with those in (the United States) on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power. Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy."

Lisa Nandy, Labour's shadow foreign secretary, commented: "Terrible scenes from the USA.

"This is the legacy of a politics of hate that pits people against each other and threatens the foundations of democracy.

"We must stand firm with legislators under attack and the American people who have the right to choose their own destiny."

Rioters were seen marching through the building chanting "We want Trump" and one was photographed in the Senate president's chair.

A curfew across the city between 6pm and 6am was later declared by Washington DC's mayor.

There have also been reports of smaller protests at state legislatures in Kansas and Georgia.

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