Pro-Trump protesters attack police officers as Washington rally turns to chaos

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The US Capitol has been evacuated as a large group of Donald Trump supporters attempt to break into the building.

Alarming footage and images posted to social media shows protesters wearing MAGA hats and T-shirts grappling with armed police officers outside the Washington DC building.

There have been unconfirmed reports of "suspicious" packages or other items being found at the scene, as well as reports of gunfire and the discovery of a potential pipe bomb.

Protesters are now attempting to break through the barricades surrounding the building which is currently full of politicians, staffers and journalists.

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US Capitol Police have evacuated two buildings on the Hill, including the Madison Library of Congress Building and the Cannon House Office Building.

Reporters in the Senate press gallery were reportedly told that if protesters successfully storm the building, they will be rushed into the Senate chamber with the door locked behind them.

The outgoing President had earlier instructed his supporters to march from the White House toward the Capitol to protest his election loss which will see him leave office later this month.

Hundreds of people wearing Trump's signature MAGA merchandise and military gear showed up at the March to Save America rally, according to eye witnesses at the scene.

Many of them reportedly belonged to the far-right organisation the Proud Boys, which has a history of violent events.

Trump has been fanning the fury of his supporters for weeks by insisting the 2020 election was stolen from him despite no evidence to support this claim.

He is expected to make an appearance at the rally later today.

Local police had beefed up security as a precaution and warned locals to steer clear of potentially violent protesters.

"I just had to evacuate my office because of a pipe bomb reported outside," congresswoman Elaine Luria tweeted.

"Supporters of the President are trying to force their way into the Capitol and I can hear what sounds like multiple gunshots.

"I don't recognise our country today and the members of Congress who have supported this anarchy do not deserve to represent their fellow Americans."

The Capitol houses the US Congress and is home to thousands of staffers and politicians.

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