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Capitol Riots: World Leaders Condemn ‘Disgraceful’ Scenes In Washington

  Pro-Trump protesters storm into the US Capitol during clashes with police on Jan 6. – Reuters

 Washington- World leaders have reacted in horror to the “disgraceful” and “terrible” scenes unfolding in Washington after pro-Trump rioters violently stormed Capitol Hill and clashed with police.

Angry supporters of the president broke into the Capitol building on Wednesday, reaching as far as the House floor, in a chaotic protest aimed at interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s victory and ultimately thwarting a peaceful transfer of power.

Donald Trump continues to dispute the results of the election and has called on his supporters to ”not give up the fight”.

Police quickly evacuated lawmakers to secure locations, including Vice President Mike Pence, and put the building under lockdown.

Officers drew guns and launched tear gas at the angry mob with one person shot during skirmishes. National Guard troops were later deployed and a citywide curfew called for shortly after dusk, as rioters continued to occupy the capital.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has been seen to have a cordial relationship with the president, urged for an end to the “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 wrote on Twitter.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer also condemned what he described as “horrendous scenes”.

“These are not ‘protestors’ – this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people,” he wrote on Twitter.

In a similar vein, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Washington was witnessing “shocking scenes” and said the outcome of the “democratic” election must be respected.

Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison also condemned the ‘distressing scenes’ that took place in the Capitol. He tweeted: “Very distressing scenes at the US Congress. We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition.”

Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau meanwhile said he was monitoring the situation closely.

“Obviously we’re concerned and we’re following the situation minute by minute,” Trudeau told the News 1130 Vancouver radio station. “I think the American democratic institutions are strong, and hopefully everything will return to normal shortly.”

Singling out Trump, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas blamed the violence on inflammatory rhetoric. “The enemies of democracy will be delighted at these terrible images from Washington DC,” he wrote on Wednesday.

“Trump and his supporters must accept the decision of American voters at last and stop trampling on democracy.”

Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s foreign minister, also called on Trump’s supporters to respect the vote.European Parliament President David Sassoli, who leads one of the largest legislatures in the world, also denounced events on Capitol Hill. The European Union has had four frosty years dealing with Trump, and its top officials have repeatedly said they were looking forward to a better relationship with Biden.

Indeed, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted: “I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. @JoeBiden won the election.

“I look forward to working with him as the next President of the USA.”

European Parliament President David Sassoli, who leads one of the largest legislatures in the world, also denounced events on Capitol Hill. The European Union has had four frosty years dealing with Trump, and its top officials have repeatedly said they were looking forward to a better relationship with Biden.Indeed, president of the European Commission Ursula “I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core. @JoeBidenwon the election.I look forward to working with him as the next President of the USA.

In what appeared to be a dig at US foreign policy, the Venezuelan government said: “With this regrettable episode, the United States suffers the same thing that it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression”.

 



source https://kashmirobserver.net/2021/01/07/capitol-riots-world-leaders-condemn-disgraceful-scenes-in-washington/

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