Police have fired tear gas in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and distributed gas masks to lawmakers after protesters breached the building, forcing the complex into a lockdown.
The U.S. Capitol is on lockdown following protesters clashing with police and breaching barriers, making their way into the building as Congress held a joint session to count and certify the 2020 Electoral College vote. According to several reports, tear gas has been dispersed and lawmakers have been given gas masks.
“We’ve been given gas masks on the House floor. Tear gas has been used in the Rotunda,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) said:
We’ve been given gas masks on the House floor. Tear gas has been used in the Rotunda.
— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) January 6, 2021
“They’ve asked us to take cover on the House floor and get our gas masks ready. This is insane,” Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN)