People waving American flags expressing support for President Donald Trump have broken through barriers and overwhelmed Capitol police, crowding inside the Capitol building, where both chambers were deliberating over objections to the electoral votes from the presidential election.
Videos from inside the building show people traversing the corridors. Tear gas was later seen inside the building.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser announced 6 p.m. curfew through 6 a.m. Thursday.
The National Guard has been called to the Capitol, Politico reported.
Trump called on his supporters to remain peaceful and to stand by the Capitol Police.
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” he wrote on Twitter. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Some reporters are still inside the chambers.