The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) called on U.S. citizens to assist in gathering information about the instigators of riots in the U.S. capital. It is noted that the bureau is ready to accept oral reports and visual information from digital media about the riots and violence in the Capitol building and the surrounding area.
“The FBI is gathering information that will identify the range of individuals who actively incited violence in Washington, D.C.,” the report said.
The bureau stressed, however, that the FBI’s goal is to ensure the constitutional right of citizens to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity.
On January 6, the U.S. Congress was to approve the results of the presidential election, according to which Joe Biden was elected as the new head of the country. However, the session was abruptly interrupted because Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and rioted.
The police used tear gas to disperse the protesters, shots were heard. Only riot police were able to get the protesters out of the building. Then the Senate resumed the session and continued counting the electoral votes.
Later, Biden was confirmed as president of the country.
According to the latest data, more than 50 protesters were detained during the protests. As a result, four people were killed.
Because of the protests, a curfew was imposed in Washington. Trump ordered the National Guard to maintain order in the capital after a request from Mayor Muriel Bowser.
In an interview with Russian and foreign media in November 2020, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow respects the right of the American people to decide their own fate. He recalled that the Russian leadership, including President Vladimir Putin, has repeatedly expressed its willingness to work with any leadership that would be elected on the basis of American law.