Gun-control protest sparks chaotic scenes in US Congress

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Baku, June 23, AZERTAC

There have been chaotic scenes in the lower house of the US Congress as Democrats staged a sit-in to demand a vote on gun control legislation, according to BBC.

The protest comes in the wake of the recent shootings in Orlando, the deadliest in modern US history.

Republicans adjourned the House early on Thursday to try to quash the sit-in, switching off the TV cameras.

But some Democrats remained, streaming speeches live via phones despite breaking rules on broadcasting.

The transmissions via Periscope and Facebook Live were taken up by the C-Span network, which provides continual coverage of Congress. One Democrat congressman, Scott Peters, who provided a feed, said the sit-in was breaking rules anyway.

The Democrats' protest follows the gun attack on 12 June, when a man claiming allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people at the Pulse club in Orlando, Florida.

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