Protesters gather at Capitol Hill in Washington on January 6, 2021.
PHOTO BY JULIO ROSAS
DUBAI – The UAE Embassy in Washington has urged Emiratis to avoid protest locations in the US capital after rioters stormed the Capitol Hill on Wednesday (Thursday in UAE).
Supporters of President Donald Trump had broken into the historic landmark, sparking a confrontation with officers who were seen with guns drawn while barricaded behind a chamber door.
A 12-hour curfew has been imposed in Washington. The UAE Embassy urged Emiratis to “stay away from protest areas in the city, and to abide by the curfew decision starting from 6pm today until 6am”.
The mission also urged people to call (202) 243-2400 in case of emergencies. There are an estimated 5,000 Emiratis living in the US.
On Wednesday, violence erupted after Trump joined a rally telling a crowd that “everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
The protests soon turned violent as crowds stormed the complex in a last effort to stand for Trump as Congress was set to confirm that President-elect Joe Biden won the election.
Trump continues to dispute the election results, claiming that the election was “stolen from us”.
At the US Capitol, rioters breached a police barricade to storm the building, causing a stand-off where at least one person was shot dead. ICA/Expat Media
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