World leaders voice concern over riot in US

Canan Kevser
07 January 2021, 11:33
Canan Kevser
07 January 2021, 11:33

Leaders around the world voiced concern and shock over political crisis and events in U.S.

Hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in a stunning bid to overturn his election defeat.

Rioters forced their way past metal security barricades, broke windows and scaled walls to fight their way into the Capitol, where they roamed the hallways and scuffled with police officers.

During the chaos, four people died – one from gunshot wounds and three from medical emergencies – and at least 20 people arrested.

EU leaders called for respect to the election results

“Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C. The outcome of this democratic election must be respected,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Twitter.

“To witness tonight’s scenes in Washington DC is a shock. We trust the US to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden,” Head of the EU Council Charles Michel said.

“In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege. This is an unseen assault on U.S. democracy, its institutions and the rule of law. This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

“I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy. Peaceful transition of power is at the core,” president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter.

Presidents and prime ministers voiced concern

“We strongly condemn the unprecedented violence against the US Congress. We are inspired by the resilience of this world’s oldest & greatest democratic institution that within mere hours of this horrific attack held a historic session that affirmed the will of the American people,” Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky posted on Twitter.

French President Emmanuel Macron shared a post on Twitter saying, “We believe in the strength of our democracies. We believe in the strength of American democracy.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the events disgraceful and said the U.S. “stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”

“The respect for the results of free elections and the peaceful transfer of government power is the foundation of democracy. I am convinced the U.S. will protect these democratic rules,” Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said on social media.

“I am following with concern the news that are coming from Capitol Hill in Washington. I trust in the strength of America’s democracy,” said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The Dutch premier Mark Rutte urged Trump to “recognize Joe Biden as the next president today after weeks of refusing to do so.”

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said “Violence is incompatible with the exercise of political rights and democratic freedoms. I trust in the solidity and strength of the institutions of the United States.”

Sweden’s prime minister Stefan Lofven said “President Trump and many members of Congress have a great responsibility for what is happening now. The democratic process of electing a president must be respected.”

“American democracy is resilient, deeply rooted and will overcome this crisis,” said Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Twitter.

Russian President remained silent on the issue while Foreign Ministry of Russia said “the U.S electoral process is archaic and prone to violations.”

Foreign Ministers supported democracy

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry published a statement on its website saying that it is following with concern the internal developments happening in the U.S. and added, “We call on all parties in the U.S. to maintain restraint and prudence. We believe the U.S. will overcome this internal political crisis in a mature manner.”

Ukraine’s Foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba posted a statement on Twitter saying, “I’m confident American democracy will overcome this challenge. The rule of law and democratic procedures need to be restored as soon as possible. This is important not only for the U.S., but for Ukraine and the entire democratic world as well.”

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Twitter that “Enemies of democracy will be happy to see these inconceivable images in Washington DC. Contempt of democratic institutions has devastating ramifications.”

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned the riots and said, “will and vote of the American people must be respected.”

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez said, “Democracy rests on a peaceful transfer of power: when you lose you must accept defeat.”

Norwegian Foreign Minister Eriksen Soreide called the events an unacceptable attack on democracy and said, “The Congress must be able to fulfill its mandate in accordance with the constitution. It is at the very core of a democratic society that the losing party acknowledges the defeat.”

Danish Foreign Minister Mette Frederiksen said, “Extremism, violence, polarization and chaos are never the way forward. Horrifying pictures from Washington. May democracy be made to work again.”

“Very worrying scenes from Washington DC, I am confident that democratic institutions and principles of the rule of law will prevail,” said Edgars Rinkevics, Latvia’s foreign minister.