USA Mark’s anniversary on Capital Riot.

‘Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm,’ President Joe Biden says in a speech.

Supporters of Donald Trump riot at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021
Supporters of then-US President Donald Trump battled police officers at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 as commemorations for that deadly day are held one year later [File: Julio Cortez/AP Photo]

By Faith Barbara Namagembe updated On 6 Jan 2022 at 2353 EAT.

People across the United States are commemorating the first anniversary of the deadly attack on the US Capitol, described by top officials in Washington, DC, as an “unprecedented” assault on the country’s democracy.

A mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, as Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.

Five people died in the ensuing violence, Trump was later impeached for “incitement of insurrection”, and more than 725 people have since been charged in relation to the attempt to undermine a democratic transition of power.

Several events are planned in the US capital on Thursday to commemorate the sombre anniversary. US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the nation from the Capitol. A prayer vigil will be held on Thursday evening.null

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