Police arrest 68 after Capitol riot as Army plans to build wall around it

Police have arrested 68 people following last night’s riots at the US Capitol building.

Only one of those arrested is local to Washington, according to DC Metro Police, indicating that many people traveled from across the US to be a part of the protests.

The arrests were made as hundreds of pro-Trump rioters marched on the Capitol building yesterday in protest to Joe Biden’s landslide election victory.

Meanwhile, DC’s acting police chief has said that 56 police officers were injured during the protests and one officer is still in hospital.

Four people lost their lives as crowds breached security to gain access inside the Capitol Rotunda, and the FBI has asked members of the public to help identify people who were involved in ‘inciting violence’ during the riots.

It comes as the secretary of the US Army has today announced plans to build a seven foot non-scalable wall around the Capitol to protect it from further threat.

World leaders and many US politicians, including Republicans, have condemned the actions of the rioters last night in what New Jersey governor Phil Murphy described as ‘one of the darkest days in our nation’s history’.

Washington’s mayor, Muriel Bowser, said ‘what happened yesterday was textbook terrorism’ and has described the events as a ‘failure’ in terms of security.

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