Political World Leaders Are Condemning the Riots That Occurred at the U.S. Capitol
The historic events that many are calling a ‘coup attempt’, an ‘insurrection’, and an ‘attack on democracy’ have incited similar reactions from other world leaders of various countries and political organizations.
In every corner of the world, news of the attacks in Washington D.C. was broadcast everywhere, from news channels to social media sites and other forms of online discourse.
The severity of the events that occurred throughout the day prompted world leaders to provide a formal opinion to their citizens and those in the U.S. remarks all centered around the protection of democracy.
“The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act and it must be vigorously condemned.”— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 7, 2021
World leaders react to the violence that took place in Washington DC last night. pic.twitter.com/ttk7et8cWZ
The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, stated in a speech, “What happened in America showed what a failure Western democracy is… A populist man damaged the reputation of his country.”
In Zimbabwe, President Emmerson Mnangagwa took to social media to declare his stance on democracy which also tied into current political policies occurring in the country.
Last year, President Trump extended painful economic sanctions placed on Zimbabwe, citing concerns about Zimbabwe’s democracy.— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) January 7, 2021
Yesterday’s events showed that the U.S. has no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of upholding democracy. These sanctions must end.
While some leaders are more hopeful that American democracy will continue to light the way, other far-right leaders from countries such as Russia, China, Brazil, and Italy still condemned the riots while upholding Trump’s policies.
Matteo Salvini, a far-right political leader in Italy, said, “I supported the ideas and positions of the Republicans, of the conservatives, of Trump, but a legitimate vote is one thing, going to parliament and clashing with the police is quite a different matter. That’s not political vision, that’s madness.”
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
However, there are other leaders in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand who condemn the violence as an attack on the U.S. government who are looking for a hopeful way forward.
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. Our thoughts are with everyone who is as devastated as we are by the events of today. I have no doubt democracy will prevail.— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) January 7, 2021
As of now, there are less than two weeks before President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be inaugurated into their positions but due to new insights on future riots, these next few days may not be as peaceful as we would hope for.
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