World leaders appalled as President Donald Trump’s supporters storm US Capitol
Washington: World leaders and governments expressed shock, disbelief, and horror as unprecedented scenes unfolded in the heart of America after thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol in an attempt to stop a peaceful transition of power.
The violence erupted after Trump supporters breached the Capitol and clashed with police on Wednesday, resulting in the death of four persons and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violence. “Disgraceful scenes in US Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” he tweeted.
“The US rightly takes great pride in its democracy, and there can be no justification for these violent attempts to frustrate the lawful and proper transition of power,” UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a tweet. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was “distressed to see news about rioting and violence” in Washington.
“Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests,” Modi said in a tweet.
French President Emmanuel Macron in a video posted on his official Twitter account said: “We will not give in to the violence of a few who want to question democracy. We believe in democracy. What happened today in Washington is not American”.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “is saddened by the events at the US Capitol,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding that “In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that the scenes at the US Capitol were an “attack on democracy.”
“Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be,” he said.
The EU’s foreign policy chief condemned the “assault on US democracy, its institutions and the rule of law”.
“In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege. This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected,” Joseph Borrell tweeted.
The Chinese Embassy in the US warned its citizens about the “grave” situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the “large scale protest march” in Washington that prompted the city government to impose a curfew.
“The Chinese Embassy to the US reminds Chinese citizens in the US to closely follow their local virus and safety situations, raise their vigilance, be aware of their personal security and consider deeply before visiting public spaces,” the Embassy said on its website.
Disgraceful scenes in US Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power”.
Boris Johnson, UK PM
Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests”.
Narendra Modi, India PM
We will not give in to the violence of a few who want to question democracy. We believe in democracy. What happened today in Washington is not American”.
Emmanuel Macron, French President