Congress confirms Joe Biden’s victory


Armed supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol building and forced a lockdown

A woman was shot dead by police and three others died of “medical emergencies”, say police

Congress reconvened after the violence and has now certified Joe Biden’s election win

Some Republicans were trying to overturn the results in some states but lack sufficient support

Trump called on his violent supporters to go home but repeated false claims the election was stolen

He has now released a statement promising an orderly transition of power

Earlier, Democrats won two Senate seats in Georgia that tipped control of the Senate their way

Edited by Helier Cheung


Analysis: A monumental security failing

Gordon Corera

Security correspondent, BBC News

Pro-Trump protesters scale a wall as they storm the U.S. Capitol Building, during clashes with Capitol police at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.

The storming of the Capitol and the images of members of Congress afraid for their lives makes clear this was a monumental security failure.

There was advance warning of the protests and the possibility of violence should have come as no surprise and yet the security in place was manifestly inadequate to deter or stop people with the Capitol’s own police looking under-prepared and overwhelmed.

Contrasts have been drawn with the measures put in place for the Black Lives Matters protest last year when the National Guard and other forces were deployed in military fatigues in a highly visible show of force. That emphasises the sense in which security decisions appears to have been politicised under the Trump administration in terms of how different groups are treated.

National Guard reinforcements were only deployed after the storming took place, apparently after Vice-President Pence rather than President Trump gave the order.

Events could have been even worse if members of Congress had been confronted or taken hostage. And this will raise further concerns about security for Joe Biden’s inauguration on 20 January.

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