Trump supporters storm US Capitol; 4 dead in violence/ಹಿಂಸಾಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ತಿರುಗಿದ ಟ್ರಂಪ್ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಗರ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ – ನಾಲ್ವರು ಮೃತ್ಯು
ವಾಷಿಂಗ್ಟನ್ : ಅಮೇರಿಕಾ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಡೊನಾಲ್ಡ್ ಟ್ರಂಪ್ ಅವರ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಬೆಂಬಲಿಗರು ಅಮೇರಿಕಾ ಕ್ಯಾಪಿಟಲ್ಗೆ (ಸಂಸತ್) ನುಗ್ಗಿ ದಾಂದಲೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯೂ ಹಿಂಸಾಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ತಿರುಗಿದ್ದು ಗುಂಪು ಚದುರಿಸಲು ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಗುಂಡು ಹಾರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭ ಮಹಿಳೆಯೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ನಾಲ್ವರು ಸಾವನ್ನಪ್ಪಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ವರದಿಯಾಗಿದೆ.
ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿರುವ ವಾಷಿಂಗ್ಟನ್ ಡಿ.ಸಿಯ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ವರಿಷ್ಠಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ರಾಬರ್ಟ್ ಕಾಂಟೀ ಅವರು, ”ಹಿಂಸಾಚಾರ ತಡೆಯಲು ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಗುಂಡು ಹಾರಿಸಿದಾಗ ಓರ್ವ ಮಹಿಳೆಗೆ ಗುಂಡು ತಗುಲಿ ಸಾವನ್ನಪ್ಪಿದ್ದು, ಮೂವರನ್ನು ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗೆ ಕರೆದೊಯ್ಯುವಾಗ ಸಾವನ್ನಪ್ಪಿದ್ದಾರೆ” ಎಂದು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಅಮೇರಿಕಾದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೀಯ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜೋ ಬಿಡೆನ್ ಜಯ ಗಳಿಸಿರುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ತೀವ್ರ ವಿರೋಧ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿರುವ ಟ್ರಂಪ್ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಗರು ಎಲೆಕ್ಟೋರಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜ್ ಮತಗಳನ್ನು ಎಣಿಸುವ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರಮಾಣೀಕರಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ನಡುವೆಯೇ ಭದ್ರತೆ ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಕ್ಯಾಪಿಟಲ್ ಕಟ್ಟಡ್ಡಕ್ಕೆ ನುಗ್ಗಿ ದಾಂದಲೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದರು. ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನಾಕಾರರನ್ನು ಚದುರಿಸಲು ಅಶ್ರುವಾಯು ಪ್ರಯೋಗಿಸಿದ್ದರು.
”ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನಾಕಾರರ ಹಿಂಸಾಚಾರ ಹತ್ತಿಕ್ಕಲು ರಾಸಾಯನಿಕ ಪ್ರಯೋಗ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ಆ ಸಂದರ್ಭ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನಕಾರರು ಪ್ರತಿಯಾಗಿ ರಾಸಾಯನಿಕ ಪ್ರಯೋಗಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಅಲ್ಲದೇ ಅವರು ಕೃತಕ ತಡೆಗೋಡೆ ಒಡೆದು ಮುನ್ನುಗ್ಗಲು ಯತ್ನಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ವೇಳೆ ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಗುಂಡು ಹಾರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಆಗ ಮಹಿಳೆಯೊಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಗುಂಡು ತಗುಲಿದೆ” ಎಂದು ವಾಷಿಂಗ್ಟನ್ ಡಿ.ಸಿಯ ಪೊಲೀಸ್ ವರಿಷ್ಠಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ರಾಬರ್ಟ್ ಕಾಂಟೀ ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ಹಾಗೆಯೇ, ”ಡೆಮಾಕ್ರಾಟಿಕ್ ನ್ಯಾಷನಲ್ ಕಮಿಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ಮತ್ತು ರಿಪಬ್ಲಿಕನ್ ನ್ಯಾಷನಲ್ ಕಮಿಟಿ ಕಚೇರಿ ಬಳಿ ತಲಾ ಒಂದು ಬಾಂಬ್ ಪತ್ತೆಯಾಗಿವೆ” ಎಂದು ಕೂಡಾ ಪೊಲೀಸರು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಈಗಾಗಲೇ 52 ಮಂದಿಯನ್ನು ಬಂಧಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ವರದಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದೆ.
In an unprecedented assault on democracy in America, thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in at least four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the election.
The police, outnumbered by the maskless protesters, had a tough time in managing the mob, as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol building on Thursday, where members of the Congress were going through the process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes.
Both the House and Senate and the entire Capitol were placed under a lockdown.
Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to safe locations.
Four people died on Wednesday, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting on Capitol Hill that resulted in dozens of demonstrators being arrested, police said.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee called the rioting by pro-Trump demonstrators “shameful” during a news conference alongside Mayor Muriel Bowser.
One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the rioting.
Police said three other people — a woman and two men — died after apparently suffering “separate medical emergencies” near the Capitol grounds.
The protesters dispersed following the enforcement of curfew in the national capital.
Mayor Bowser announced the curfew to prevent the situation from escalating.
Officials said the Capitol was secured, putting an end to nearly four-hour violent occupation by Trump supporters.
Heavily armed police personnel were deployed to disperse the crowd.
n a letter to colleagues, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said leaders of Congress have decided to resume the joint session tonight once the Capitol is “cleared for use.”
Trump, who earlier encouraged his supporters to head to the Capitol, urged them to abide by the law and go back home after the violent clash.
“This was a fraudulent election, but we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home,” Trump said in a video message posted on Twitter.
The micro blogging site later removed the video and some tweets in which Trump appeared to defend the actions of his supporters.
In an unprecedented move, Twitter and Facebook have suspended Trump’s accounts after he continued to push conspiracy theories about the November 3 election.
Twitter suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours and also blocked three of his tweets including a video of his address to his supporters.
Facebook said it would be blocking the president’s account from posting for 24 hours due to two policy violations.
President-elect Biden said he was shocked and sad to see the US has “come to such a dark moment”.
“At this hour, our democracy is under unprecedented assault. Unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times. An assault on the citadel of liberty, the Capitol itself. An assault on the people’s representatives and the Capitol Hill police, sworn to protect them. And the public servants who work at the heart of our Republic…,” Biden said in an address to the nation.
“Let me be very clear. The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America. Do not represent who we are. What we’re seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end now,” Biden said.
“I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution by demanding an end to this siege,” he saidMultiple news outlets earlier showed protestors walking with ease inside the Capitol and hundreds of them occupying the inaugural stage. A large number of them were seen climbing the wall.
Video taken at the US Capitol showed some rioters breaking the glass of a window and then climbing through the shattered pane.
“We’re actually looking at video right now of these anarchists… these people who were involved in this insurrection. They broke the glass in the United States Capitol and now they are climbing through the window,” CNN correspondent Dana Bash described the footage.
“The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building,” Pence tweeted.
“…this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” he said.
This is possibly for the first time in the recent history that such a large number of people have breached into the Capitol and disrupted the constitutional provisions.
Congress had certified just 12 votes before the riots broke out. All 12 of those votes went to President Trump. There are 538 electoral votes in total.
Trump — who lost the popular and electoral college vote — continues to dispute the results. He alleges that there was a massive voters’ fraud and electoral malpractice. Election officials have denied the allegations.
All four living former US presidents — Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter — condemned the actions of the pro-Trump rioters who forced an evacuation of the House and Senate chambers of the US Capitol and underlined the need for a peaceful transfer of power.
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen called the violence at the US Capitol “an intolerable attack on a fundamental institution of our democracy.”