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Capitol riots: Has the US legislature been attacked earlier than?


Trump supporters storm Capitol

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picture captionPresident-elect Joe Biden referred to as the riot an “rebel”

Pictures of rioters storming the US Capitol in a bid to overturn the results of a democratic election have despatched shockwaves all over the world.

4 folks died in the course of the assault, launched by supporters of President Trump after he addressed a rally in Washington.

President-elect Joe Biden referred to as it an “rebel”, whereas Vice-President Mike Pence mentioned the violence had been a “darkish day within the historical past of the US Capitol”.

However this isn’t the primary time the constructing – considered the symbolic coronary heart of US democracy – has been hit by violence.

From bombs to overseas invasions, listed below are 4 different instances the Capitol was attacked.

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British forces attempt to burn it down – 1814

Maybe essentially the most well-known assault was by British forces in the course of the Warfare of 1812.

British troops, led by Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cockburn and Main Normal Robert Ross – set hearth to the still-under-construction Capitol after invading Washington DC in August 1814 (although the constructing survived due to a downpour).

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picture captionThe ruins of the Capitol following the British assault

In retaliation for the Individuals’ burning of Higher Canada’s capital at York a yr earlier, the British troops additionally set hearth to different elements of the town and key buildings, together with the White Home.

The 1814 assault marks the one time {that a} overseas energy has captured and occupied Washington.

In 2014, the British embassy in Washington apologised after tweeting a picture of a White House cake surrounded by sparklers, “commemorating” the burning of the constructing 200 years earlier than.

Fourth of July dynamite attack- 1915

A century on from the British assault, Erich Muenter, former professor of German at Harvard College, exploded three sticks of dynamite within the Senate reception room.

The explosion broken the constructing, however no one was killed.

Muenter later mentioned the assault was in response to American financiers aiding Britain towards Germany in World Warfare I.

media captionWhen a mob stormed the US capitol

Writing underneath a pseudonym within the Washington Night Star, Muenter mentioned he hoped the assault would “make sufficient noise to be heard above the voices that clamour for struggle”, including: “This explosion is an exclamation level in my enchantment for peace.”

A day after the assault, Muenter shot and injured financier JP Morgan Jr, earlier than being subdued by Morgan’s butler and arrested. He later took his personal life.

Assault by Puerto Rican nationalists – 1954

On 1 March 1954, 4 Puerto Rican nationalists pulled out the island’s flag and shouted “Freedom for Puerto Rico” as they opened hearth from the customer’s gallery of the Home of Representatives, injuring 5 congressman.

“I didn’t come to kill anybody, I got here to die for Puerto Rico!” cried the chief, Lolita Lebron, throughout her arrest.

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picture caption‘I got here to die for Puerto Rico!’ cried Lolita Lebron, left

Lebron was sentenced to 50 years behind bars, whereas the three males got 75 years.

The sentences have been all later commuted by President Jimmy Carter. His administration mentioned the discharge “can be a major humanitarian gesture and can be considered as such by a lot of the worldwide neighborhood”.

The group returned to cheering crowds in Puerto Rico.

‘Resistance Conspiracy’ bomb – 1983

On 7 November 1983, an explosion ripped by the second flooring of the Senate.

Simply minutes earlier than the explosion, somebody claiming to be from a gaggle named the Armed Resistance Unit referred to as a Capitol switchboard warning of a pending assault, saying it was in retaliation for US navy actions in Grenada and Lebanon.

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picture captionPolice vehicles outdoors the Capitol after the 1983 assault

There have been no casualties however there was some expensive harm.

In 1988, FBI brokers arrested seven members of the radical-left Resistance Conspiracy group for the Capitol assault and separate blasts at Fort McNair and the Washington Navy Yard in 1983 and 1984.

Linda Evans and Laura Whitehorn have been jailed for conspiracy and malicious destruction of presidency property in 1991. Each at the moment are free.

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