The Turkish Ministry has released a statement with regards to the chaos the U.S. Capitol descended into on Jan. 6.
The ministry said Ankara was following the developments with "concern" and recommended that Turkish citizens in the U.S. "stay away from crowded places and places in which demonstrations take place."
"We invite all parties in U.S. to use moderation and common sense. We believe that the U.S. will overcome this domestic political crisis in a mature way," it said.
Swarms of protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 as they sought to force Congress to undo President Donald Trump's election loss, temporarily suspending a last-ditch effort by some of Trump's fellow Republicans to throw out the results.
Protestors have entered the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/dzaDGn5MoC— Jazmine Ulloa (@jazmineulloa) January 6, 2021
Police fired tear gas and ordered several office buildings to be evacuated as protesters breached the Capitol and were seen marching through the halls of Congress, where lawmakers were meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Police escorted House of Representatives members from the chamber where they had been debating after lawmakers aligned with Trump challenged the election results - an effort unlikely to succeed. The Senate abruptly adjourned and Vice President Mike Pence, who had presided over a joint session of Congress, was escorted from the chamber.
BREAKING: Protesters are on the Senate floor now: pic.twitter.com/k4Q0ln8pZs— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) January 6, 2021
Capitol Police told lawmakers in the House chamber to take gas masks from beneath their seats and prepare to put them on. Officers at the front door of the House chamber had their guns drawn as someone attempted to enter the chamber.
Officers ordered people in the chamber to drop to the floor for their safety.
Speechless doesn't even begin to cover it. An armed standoff on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. https://t.co/WLkzLA6Nwl— Ben Warwick (@BenCBS4) January 6, 2021
The chaotic scenes came after Trump addressed thousands of supporters near the White House, repeating his baseless claims that the election was stolen from him due to widespread fraud. Election officials of both parties and independent observers have said there was no significant fraud in the Nov. 3 contest, which Biden won by more than 7 million votes in the national popular vote.
Weeks have passed since the states completed certifying that Biden, a Democrat, won the election by 306 Electoral College votes to Trump's 232. Trump's extraordinary challenges to Biden's victory have been rejected by courts across the country.
Trump had pressed Pence to throw out election results in states the president narrowly lost, though Pence has no authority to do so.
The certification in Congress, normally a formality, was expected to stretch for several hours as some Republican lawmakers mounted an effort to reject some state tallies, starting with Arizona.
Outside the Capitol, members of militia groups and far-right groups, some in body armor, mingled with the crowds. Protesters chanting pro-Trump slogans overturned barricades and clashed with police.
On Twitter, Trump called on protesters to stay peaceful.
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowers ordered a citywide curfew starting at 6 p.m.
Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021