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An unprecedented attack on US Capitol unfolded on Thursday (IST) as thousands of Trump supporters rampaged through the corridors of the Capitol building, clashing with police and resulting in four deaths.

Thousands of angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol as the Congress was is session to certify Joe Biden’s win in the US election. The men and women clashed with police, resulting in casualty and multiple injuries and interrupting the constitutional process.

The police were massively outnumbered by the maskless protesters and had a tough time managing the mob. The huge group of protesters waving flags breached four layers of security and entered the Capitol building even as the Congress was counting and certifying the Electoral College votes.

The rioting went on for over three hours before the police managed to evacuate the protesters from the building.

Here’s a look at the history of violence in US assembly:

February 15, 1798: On this date, Representative Roger Griswold of Connecticut attacked Representative Matthew Lyon of Vermont on the House Floor (then located in Philadelphia’s Congress Hall). Incensed that the House failed to expel Lyon for spitting tobacco juice at him on January 30, 1798, Griswold sought justice against the “gross indecency” by caning Lyon on the House Floor.

May 22, 1856: On this date, Representative Preston Brooks of South Carolina, accompanied by Representative Laurence Keitt of South Carolina, severely beat Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a cane in the Senate Chamber. Brooks’s violent act was in response to a speech in which Sumner attacked the institution of slavery and pro-slavery Senators such as Andrew Butler of South Carolina (Brooks’s relative). Sumner’s injuries were so serious that he had to take leave of his Senate duties for three years in order to recuperate.

February 06, 1858: The most infamous floor brawl in the history of the US House of Representatives erupted as Members debated the Kansas Territory’s pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution late into the night of February 5-6. Shortly before 2 a.m., Pennsylvania Republican Galusha Grow and South Carolina Democrat Laurence Keitt exchanged insults, then blows. “In an instant, the House was in the greatest possible confusion,” the Congressional Globe reported.

More than 30 Members joined the melee. Northern Republicans and Free Soilers joined ranks against Southern Democrats. Speaker James Orr, a South Carolina Democrat, gaveled furiously for order and then instructed Sergeant-at-Arms Adam J. Glossbrenner to arrest non-compliant Members. Wading into the “combatants,” Glossbrenner held the House Mace high to restore order. Wisconsin Republicans John “Bowie Knife” Potter and Cadwallader Washburn ripped the hairpiece from the head of William Barksdale, a Democrat from Mississippi.

The melee dissolved into a chorus of laughs and jeers, but the sectional nature of the fight powerfully symbolized the nation’s divisions. When the House reconvened two days later, a coalition of Northern Republicans and Free Soilers narrowly blocked referral of the Lecompton Constitution to the House Territories Committee. Kansas entered the Union in 1861 as a free state.

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