The unprecedented developments in the United States have been met with broad international reactions. U.S. President Donald Trump had urged his violent supporters outside the White House on Wednesday to go to the Capitol to express their protest.
The Trump supporters took advantage of this matter and stormed the Capitol, interrupting the counting of electoral votes, which should thus once again confirm the electoral victory of Joe Biden. According to reports so far, 5 people were killed in this turmoil, including a police officer.
The unprecedented attack on the US Congress and the role played by Trump in provoking his supporters have provoked international reactions. The strongest reactions in this regard came from Europe.
EU foreign affairs envoy Josep Borrell wrote that “in the eyes of the world, American democracy appears under siege tonight.” He spoke of an “invisible attack on U.S. democracy, its institutions and the rule of law.” “This is not America.” He said the Nov. 3 presidential election must be respected.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stressed her confidence in the strength of U.S. institutions and democracy. She tweeted that a peaceful transfer of power was central to this. “Joe Biden won the election. I look forward to working with him as the next U.S. president,” she added.
European Parliament President David Sassoli tweeted that developments in the U.S. were “deeply concerning” and wrote: “Democratic voices must be respected.” We are confident that the United States will uphold the rule of law.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the disturbing images of the storming of the Congress building made her “angry and also sad.” She also lamented that Trump would not accept defeat but wanted to lead the U.S. into chaos. “A basic rule of democracy is: After elections, there are winners and losers,” Merkel said. “Both have to play their role with decency and a sense of responsibility, so that democracy itself remains the winner.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass also called on Trump and his supporters to abide by the decision of American voters. “The enemies of democracy will be satisfied with these incredible pictures from Washington DC,” Mass tweeted. “Trump and his supporters must finally accept the decision of the American voters and stop trampling on democracy.”
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called the violent actions of the U.S. president’s supporters in the attack on the Congress building shocking and a sign of a crisis in the country’s democracy.
In a Twitter message about the attack by President Donald Trump’s supporters on the Congress building, Swiss President Guy Parmelin wrote that the Swiss government was shocked by the attack. “However, we have confidence in the strength of American institutions,” Parmelin continued.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned on Twitter the “disgraceful scenes in the U.S. Congress.” A peaceful and orderly transfer of power is crucial, he said.
“When, in one of the world’s oldest democracies, supporters of an outgoing president use weapons to challenge the legitimate results of an election, the universal principle of one man, one vote is under attack,” Macron said. The events in Washington are an attack on democracy, and there will be no backing down from those who are responsible, Macron added.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez pointed out that he was following the congressional news with concern and said that with the start of Joe Biden’s presidency, this tense period would end and the U.S. would be united again.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also described the events in the Capitol as terrible and expressed her solidarity with those who wanted democracy and a peaceful transfer of power in the United States.
Likewise, the 75th President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, tweeted that he was “deeply concerned” about the violence in the US Congress and the disruption of democracy.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also expressed concern about the events in the U.S. and called for an end to the violence.
Scott Morrison, the Australian prime minister condemned the violent actions in the U.S. Congress and said he expects a peaceful transfer of power in the United States.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent – FN