The US is reeling after supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC on the day Congress was meeting to confirm Joe Biden’s election victory.
Lawmakers were forced to take shelter, the building was put into lockdown and four people died in the chaos that followed a pro-Trump rally near the White House.
Here’s a breakdown of how events unfolded on Wednesday.
Trump rallies supporters
Just before midday local time (17:00 GMT) thousands of people gather at the Ellipse, near the White House, to hear the president speak at a “Save America” rally.
He tells them: “We’re going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue… and we’re going to the Capitol and we’re going to try and give… our Republicans, the weak ones… the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”
As the speech ends, crowds start to drift towards the Congress building, about a mile and a half away, where they are met by police barriers.
Clashes begin outside Capitol
Chanting crowds start to gather on both sides of the Capitol at around 13:10, grappling with police at the metal barricades.
Tear gas and pepper spray are used to try to keep the protesters at bay.
Crowds break police lines
Police officers struggle to maintain control of the situation as protesters advance on the building on multiple fronts.
On the east side, the crowd force their way through barricades on the Capitol Plaza and move on the main entrance, quickly gaining access to the Great Rotunda.
Once inside, they head for the House and Senate chambers.
Igor Bobic, a journalist for the Huffington Post, captures a group of men forcing a police officer to retreat up a set of stairs as they continue their advance.
Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK