Supporters of US president Donald Trump clashed with police and overran the Capitol building in Washington today in a chaotic scene that resulted in at least one person being shot.
The mob stormed the building as the US Congress was in the process of certifying the results of the November election Trump lost to Democratic challenger Joe Biden. The president has consistently cast doubt on the election outcome, alleging fraud without evidence to back his claims. While Trump is scheduled to leave office on Jan. 20, he and many of his followers have refused to concede his defeat.
Leaders and officials from around the world followed the events, many taking to Twitter or speaking with news outlets to register their shock or disappointment at the scene playing out in Washington and calling for a peaceful transfer of power. It put the US in the unusual position of being on the receiving end of these kinds of calls, when it has more often doled them out to other countries.
Disgraceful scenes in U.S. 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 (@BorisJohnson) January 6, 2021
In a News1130 radio interview, PM Trudeau says: 'We're concerned and we're following the situation minute-by-minute as it unfolds. There is an important electoral process unfolding in the United States and I think we all want it and need it to unfold properly and peacefully.'
— CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) January 6, 2021
India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, who has been described as a leader with some similarities to Trump himself, called for a “peaceful transfer of power.”
Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2021
Spanish prime minister Pedró Sanchez, meanwhile, tweeted his confidence in US democracy.
Sigo con preocupación las noticias que llegan desde el Capitolio en Washington. Confío en la fortaleza de la democracia de EE.UU.
La nueva presidencia de @JoeBiden superará la etapa de crispación, uniendo al pueblo estadounidense.
— Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) January 6, 2021
Turkey, which experienced an attempted coup in 2016, asked all parties in the US to use “restraint” and “prudence.”
— Turkish MFA (@MFATurkey) January 6, 2021
And the minister of foreign affairs for Venezuela, which is often scolded by US officials for its undemocratic behavior, condemned the political polarization in the US.
#COMUNICADO| Venezuela expresa su preocupación por los hechos de violencia que se están llevando a cabo en la ciudad de Washington, EEUU; condena la polarización política y aspira que el pueblo estadounidense pueda abrirse un nuevo camino hacia la estabilidad y la justicia social pic.twitter.com/krqqFVV866
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) January 6, 2021
Here are some of the other statements from leaders and officials around the world:
President of the European Parliament
Deeply concerning scenes from the US Capitol tonight. Democratic votes must be respected. We are certain the US will ensure that the rules of democracy are protected.
— David Sassoli (@EP_President) January 6, 2021
Australian prime minister Scott Morrison
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.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 6, 2021
Norwegian minister of Foreign Affairs
The situation in #WashingtonDC is deeply disturbing and alarming, and an unacceptable attack on democracy. President Trump has a particular responsibility to ensure that the situation comes under control – FM #EriksenSoreide pic.twitter.com/UPWwUDrQ3d
— Norway MFA (@NorwayMFA) January 6, 2021
President of Chile’s Party for Democracy
Intento de golpe de estado en EEUU por parte de Trump y sus seguidores q no aceptan el veredicto de las urnas.. Asaltan violentamente el Capitolio, y ya va un muerto. La democracia en peligro en la principal potencia del mundo. Sin precedentes.
— Heraldo Muñoz (@HeraldoMunoz) January 6, 2021
First minister of Scotland
The scenes from the Capitol are utterly horrifying. Solidarity with those in on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power. Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) January 6, 2021
Israeli opposition leader in the Knesset
I’m deeply saddened and shocked by the images from the United States. My thoughts are with all my friends in Washington tonight. We hope to see order restored and the transition of power completed. America needs to go back to being a role model for democracies across the world.
— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid (@yairlapid) January 6, 2021
British politician and leader of its Brexit movement
Storming Capitol Hill is wrong. The protesters must leave.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 6, 2021
Secretary general of NATO
Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) January 6, 2021
Member of European Parliament
A photo for the history books. pic.twitter.com/PfGJO0C0tj
— Reinhard Bütikofer (@bueti) January 6, 2021
The mayor of Washington DC has imposed a citywide curfew until Thursday morning. We will update this story as needed.
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