WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayor of Washington, D.C., is extending the public emergency declared earlier today for a total of 15 days.
This comes after protestors seeking to overturn the election results stormed the U.S. Capitol building.
The order will end at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a city curfew beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday as protestors supporting President Donald Trump breached the Capitol, where lawmakers were meeting to formally count the electors that will make Joe Biden president on Jan. 20.
The district is under curfew until 6 a.m. Thursday.
The skirmishes came shortly after Trump addressed thousands of his supporters, riling up the crowd with his baseless claims of election fraud.
According to The Associated Press, protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and some were able to make it past officers in riot gear to breach the U.S. Capitol.
In a tweet, President Donald Trump asked people to “stay peaceful.”
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!” Trump said.
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
In another tweet, Trump asked everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful.
“I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” Trump said.