World leaders reacted with shock to the storming of the US capital building by furious supporters of US President Donald Trump who cannot or will not accept that he lost the November 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden. Congress was in the process of certifying Biden’s victory, with some objections from Republicans, when the siege began.
Leaders around the world condemned the storm of the US capital by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday and expressed shock at the chaos that is developing in a country they once trusted for global leadership.
“Shameful scenes in the US Congress,” tweeted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a generous ally of the United States. of force. ”
Other allies were also appalled by what they described as an attack on American democracy, although some said they believed US democratic institutions would resist the unrest. A number of leaders singled out Trump for harsh criticism.
“Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decisions of American voters and stop trampling on democracy,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. “From inflammatory words come violent deeds.” He added that “contempt for democratic institutions has catastrophic effects.”
“The beauty of democracy?” with a shrugging emoji was the reaction tweeted by Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant to the Nigerian president, who has seen several coups since independence – including a decade ago led by President Muhammadu Buhari, who most recently entered office via a vote.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and Colombian President Iván Duque were among those in Latin America who condemned the protesters, but both also said they were convinced that American democracy and the rule of law would prevail.
“In this sad episode in the United States, supporters of fascism showed their true face: anti-democratic and aggressive,” tweeted Luis Roberto Barroso, the Brazilian Supreme Court and the head of the country’s elected court. He said he hoped “American society and the institutions will respond vigorously to this threat to democracy.”
Venezuela, which is under US sanctions, said the events in Washington show that the United States “suffers what it has generated in other countries with its policy of aggression.”
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has survived US-backed opposition efforts to expel him despite allegations of human rights abuses, civil unrest and a humanitarian crisis that has forced millions to flee the oil-rich country.
In Puerto Rico, many people took to social media and joked that US territory no longer wanted a state. Independence, they said, looked appealing for the first time in decades.
In fact, it was the pursuit of independence that marked one of the last times the US Congress was violently stormed. Four members of Puerto Rico’s Nationalist Party opened fire on the floor of the house in March 1954, injuring five lawmakers.
Italians saw the events with shock, as they always considered the United States a model for democracy and the country that saved Italy after its fascist origins during World War II.
“This is the widely expected result of Trumpism,” tweeted a retired Italian center-left politician, Pierluigi Castagnetti. “And unfortunately it does not end today. When politics is replaced by deception and fanaticism among the people, operation is inevitable. ”
European Parliament President David Sassoli, who heads one of the largest legislatures in the world, also condemned the scenes at the Capitol. The European Union has spent four incredible years managing the Trump administration, and its top officials have repeatedly said they are looking forward to a better relationship under President-elect Joe Biden.
“This is a rebellion. Nothing less. In Washington, ”tweeted Carl Bildt, a former prime minister of Sweden.
Turkey, a NATO ally that has sometimes clashed with Washington, expressed concern over the images of angry Trump supporters trying to thwart Biden’s certification as the new president. The chaos forced lawmakers to hurry from the building.
A statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry urged all parties in the United States to use “moderation and common sense.”
“We believe that the United States will overcome this domestic political crisis with maturity,” the ministry said.
The ministry’s statement also called on Turkish citizens in the United States to stay away from crowds and demonstrations.
Trump issued a restrained call for peace long after the melee, but did not immediately ask supporters to disperse. He later urged them to go home and called them “very special people”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was “deeply disturbed and saddened” by the events in the United States, Canada’s closest ally and neighbor.
“Violence will never succeed in overthrowing the will of the people. Democracy in the United States must be maintained – and it will be,” Trudeau tweeted.
Volkan Bozkir, president of the UN General Assembly with 193 members, said he was saddened by the development. But, he tweeted, ″ I believe that peace and respect for democratic processes will prevail in our host country at this critical time. ”