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Taiwanese-American congresswoman hid during assault on Capitol

New York Democrat Grace Meng barricaded herself inside office for 5 hours

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Congresswoman Grace Meng hiding from the pro-Trump mob (Twitter, Grace Meng photo) 

Congresswoman Grace Meng hiding from the pro-Trump mob (Twitter, Grace Meng photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese-American Congresswoman Grace Meng (孟昭文) barricaded herself inside her office with a mask on while the pro-Trump mob chanted outside her door at the Capitol, reports said Friday (Jan. 8).

The New York Democrat was one of many American legislators inside the building as supporters of Donald Trump rampaged through the hallways trying to prevent Joe Biden from being confirmed as president-elect.

“After five hours I’ve been rescued from my hiding place,” Meng tweeted, adding that she could now show her “DIY barricade and gas masks” to the public. She said she had felt afraid when she heard the protesters chanting “USA, USA” right outside her office door.

Meng told reporters she had first heard of the intrusion on TV, and when she realized the rioters were close, she switched off the light and barricaded the door with a chair. She also tweeted and phoned her relatives to inform them about her precarious situation, the Liberty Times reported.


Updated : 2021-03-06 01:50 GMT+08:00