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Several US state capitols had to close following a rash of “mirror” protests

Thursday, January 7th 2021 - 09:15 UTC
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Hundreds of Trump supporters broke through the gates of the Washington governor's mansion complex in Olympia late Wednesday, flooding the lawn Hundreds of Trump supporters broke through the gates of the Washington governor's mansion complex in Olympia late Wednesday, flooding the lawn

The chaotic protests at the US Capitol in Washington DC caused by a mob of Donald Trump supporters promoted by the president on Wednesday led several states to close their own legislative buildings, though protests outside Washington remained mostly peaceful.

Hundreds of supporters of Trump broke through the gates of the Washington governor's mansion complex in Olympia late Wednesday, flooding the lawn, according to KIRO Radio.

They shouted for Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, to come out. The governor was in a safe place, a spokesman said.

Texas, Utah, New Mexico and Georgia all closed or partially shuttered their statehouses in case protests turned violent.

A mob of Mr Trump supporters stormed Congress earlier Wednesday, forcing lawmakers to halt the official count of Electoral College votes.

The Texas Department of Public Safety closed the statehouse in Austin “out of an abundance of caution,” it said in an emailed statement. A few hundred people had protested in front of the pink granite building before the shutdown, according to local press reports.

New Mexico evacuated its legislative building in Santa Fe, though no protesters had broken into it, said Ms Pamela Armstrong, a spokesperson with the office of the speaker of the House.

In Atlanta, Georgia's secretary of state, Mr Brad Raffensperger, and his senior staff were escorted from the capitol after militia members gathered outside one day after voters handed Democrats control of the US Senate with victories in two runoff races.

Mr Raffensperger, the state official responsible for running elections, has come under fire from Mr Trump following the president's loss in Georgia in the Nov 3 general election.

Protesters in Kansas entered the capitol in Topeka and spread out around the rotunda, according to State Librarian Eric Norris, who was in the third-floor library at the time. The building was mostly empty, though, as lawmakers aren't in session until Jan 11.

“It was tame. There was no violence,” Mr Norris said, adding that most demonstrators had left.

Public-safety officials advised Utah lawmakers to leave the statehouse in Salt Lake City early.

Mr Nick Street, a state public safety spokesman, said his department identified “bad actors among the protest groups” and is investigating an incident in which a protester sprayed a photojournalist's eyes with an unidentified substance. No arrests had been made.

In Sacramento, California Governor Gavin Newsom cancelled a Covid-19 media briefing as protesters filled downtown streets and the grounds outside the capitol. The Sacramento Police Department said it has made “some arrests” of individuals carrying pepper spray.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock instructed city agencies to close municipal buildings early after about 700 people gathered at the state capitol there.

In downtown Los Angeles, four people were arrested where pro-Trump protesters clashed with anti-Trump ones, according to Officer J. Chavez with the LAPD media relations section. The police declared an unlawful assembly shortly after 1pm, Mr Chavez said.

The protesters had mostly cleared out by late afternoon and looked to be “done for the day,” Mr Chavez said.

 

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