In pictures: Shocking scenes of Trump supporters storming US Capitol (photos)

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.

This Trump supporter, dressed in fur and horns, inside the Capitol building. AFP – WIN MCNAMEE

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 the certification of election results.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Pro-Trump protesters clash with Capitol police during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton – RC2P2L961GRC
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