Capitol Hill

Union chief tells Kathimerini never thought Capitol breach could occur

Speaking to Kathimerini after the halls of US Congress in Washington were stormed last Wednesday by a mob in the wake of a rally by US President Donald Trump, the US Capitol Police Officers' Union chairman, Gus Papathanasiou, said he "never thought the Capitol would be breached."

Storming of the Capitol

As Aristotle observed in the Poetics, the end of a drama should be surprising yet inevitable. If that is true, then Donald Trump's four years as President of the United States have just drawn to a fitting conclusion.

Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C.; Four dead PHOTO / VIDEO

Former U.S. President George W. Bush compared the scene at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday to that of a banana republic: "This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic - not our democratic republic."
The protesters tried to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election, said the chief of police in Washington.

Protests in Washington/ MAE - Twitter Message: Capitol Hill violence disquieting and unacceptable

The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent a message on Twitter on Wednesday night in the context of the protests in Washington, showing that "Capitol Hill violence is disquieting and unacceptable." "The violence on Capitol Hill in Washington DC is disquieting and unacceptable.

Shots fired near Capitol Hill

Metro DC police confirm to ABC News that shots were fired near Capitol Hill this morning.

According to police a driver apparently struck a Capitol Police cruiser and then tried to run over several other officers who were on foot.

At some point, Capitol Police apparently fired shots but no one was struck.

The individual has been taken into custody.

Gunshots reported in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

The US Capitol complex and White House are on lockdown after reports of shootings on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and the tourists who were visiting the building were told to shelter in place, according to RT.

Shots were reportedly fired at the Capitol Visitor Center, an underground facility on the east side of the main building.