‘Disgraceful’: World leaders react to storming of the US Capitol


World leaders are condemning the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. They called for a peaceful transition of power, and some singled out Trump for harsh criticism. They said political leaders need to urge their followers to refrain from violence and respect the rule of law.


“A fundamental rule of democracy is that, after elections, there are winners and losers. Both have to play their role with decency and responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner. … President Trump regrettably has not conceded his defeat since November, and didn’t yesterday either, and of course that has prepared the atmosphere in which such events, such violent events, are possible.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


“What is happening is wrong. Democracy — the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully — should never be undone by a mob.” — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


“What happened today in Washington, D.C., is not America, definitely. We believe in the strength of our democracies, we believe in the strength of American democracy.” — French President Emmanuel Macron.


“The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act and it must be vigorously condemned.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


“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.” — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


“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.” — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2021, file photo, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference inside 10 Downing Street in London. World leaders, including Johnson, are condemning the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump. (Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP, File)


“In a democracy, the losing party must actually acknowledge its electoral defeat, admit it and contribute to a peaceful transfer of power to others.” — Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.


“We must call this out for what it is: a deliberate assault on Democracy by a sitting President & his supporters, attempting to overturn a free & fair election! The world is watching! ” Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.


“The scenes we saw are the result of lies and yet more lies, of division and contempt for democracy, of hatred and rabble-rousing, including from the very highest level. This is a historic turning point for the United States, and it is an attack on liberal democracy as a whole. But I am sure that American democracy is stronger than this hatred.” — German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.


“The scenes from the U.S. Capitol show how dangerous the rhetoric of hatred is. Contempt for democratic institutions erodes citizens’ rights and can undermine political order.” — Slovakian President Zuzana Caputova.


“This is a lesson to be learnt: that strong institutions and not strong personalities are the bulwark of a rich democratic culture.” — Former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar, a recent losing presidential candidate.


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