In pictures: Shocking scenes of Trump supporters storming US Capitol

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The images of a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump storming the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, shocked the world and will go down as a bleak day in the history of US democracy. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at a Black Wednesday, when the seat of US power was overrun by extremists.

Washington DC witnessed unimaginable scenes on Wednesday, when a crowd of Trump supporters, gathered to protest the certification of the November 3 presidential election results and the victory of Joe Biden, invaded the Capitol, the temple of American democracy.

It was a power grab that lasted four hours while the world watched, riveted and horrified by the violence in the world’s oldest continuous democracy before calm was restored.

Crowds gather on the National Mall to protest against the certification of election results

Overwhelmed security forces

Protesters penetrate the Capitol

Lawmakers barricade themselves in when the session is adjourned

DIsruption and mayhem inside the Capitol

Surreal scenes inside a hallowed monument