Allies and opponents of the United States both watched in shock and called for peace in Washington, DC, on Wednesday as a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters believed the election was stolen. attacked the Capitol building.
Rebels loyal to Trump, including some from violent right -wing groups, rushed to police lines and entered the Capitol, disrupting the process to formalize Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
As lawlessness and unrest within Congress have made headlines around the world, Germany’s foreign minister, Heiko Maas, tweet that “enemies of democracy will be happy to see these incredible photos from #WashingtonDC.” He also called on Trump to finally accept his election defeat.
“Disruptive words have become violent acts – at the levels of the Reichstag, and now at the #Capitol,” Maas added. “The contempt for democratic institutions is appalling.”
In London, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the scenes “embarrassing.”
“The United States stands for democracy around the world and now it is essential that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his people were “upset and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States.”
“Violence never succeeds in overriding people’s will,” Trudeau said. “U.S. democracy must continue – and it will happen.”
In Brussels, NATO secretary -general Jens Stoltenberg, who has a hostile and inevitable relationship with Trump over the president’s criticism of the security alliance, was called “shocked” – a statement that carries more weight. -let us consider the similar statements he often made in times of great turmoil in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and so on.
“The outcome of this democratic election must be respected,” Stoltenberg said tweet.
Several other foreign officials and leaders were weighed in, including the head of the European Commission:
The prime minister of Spain:
The prime minister of Australia:
And the foreign ministry in Norway:
Carl Bildt, Sweden’s former prime minister and now cochair of the European Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted that the violence and occupation of the Capitol meant “usurpation of democracy.”
He included in his message a photo of a grinning man wearing a Trump beanie and carrying a lectern with the seal of the speaker in the House of Representatives.
The scenes of violence are especially shocking to those who once were the U.S. model of freedom and democracy.
Two Eastern European officials told BuzzFeed News that the scenes were more reminiscent of events in eastern Ukraine in 2014, when Russian-backed separatists stormed government buildings after the president fell. friendly in Moscow. They also compared it to what happened in Kyrgyzstan in October, when opposition party supporters occupied the Parliament building after the election which was considered fraudulent.
Officials said the condition was anonymous because their countries relied on U.S. support.
One of them said “they can’t imagine this happening in the United States.”
“It’s crazy,” the official added.
Turkey, a NATO country facing its own test coup in 2016, called for a calm and lawful solution. “We call on all U.S. parties to continue to exercise restraint and caution,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. “We believe the U.S. can overcome the internal political crisis in a mature manner.”
The minister also advised Turkish citizens in the US to avoid many places and places where protests are taking place.
Venezuela, a frequent Trump boogeyman for the dangers of socialism, also issued a statement expressing concern about U.S. violence, saying Venezuelan elections are illegal. “Venezuela condemns the political polarization and the intense violence, which calls for reflection on the deep crisis experienced by the political and social system in the United States at the present time,” the statement read. “At this unfortunate stage, the United States is suffering the same thing that other countries have done with aggression policy.”
On the night of falling in a battered Washington, DC, Trump posted a one-minute video on Twitter urging people he once incited to get up to stand up-but never again false claim that he defeated Biden through an “election landslide.”