By FOSTER KLUG, The Associated Press
TOKYO (AP) – Targas and bullets in the US Capitol Building. Resentment and condemnation of leaders around the world.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement on Thursday, “This is wrong.” Democracy – the right of people to use a vote, have their voice heard and then put that decision in peace – anytime by the crowd Not to be undone. “
Chaotic scenes from the storm of building at the center of American democracy by angry supporters of President Donald Trump are typically associated with countries where popular dictators collide with a despicable dictator. The Arab Spring, for example, or the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.
But this time it was an attempt by American citizens to prevent a peaceful change in power after democratic elections in a country that has been viewed by many around the world as a model for democratic governance.
Some watching from abroad attributed Trump.
He said, “We should say what it is: a deliberate attack on democracy by an independent president and his supporters, an attempt to reverse a free and fair election!” The world is watching! Irish Foreign and Defense Minister Simon Coveney said on Twitter.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “was saddened by the events in the US Capitol,” said spokesman Stephen Dujarric. “In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders should avoid violence to their followers, as well as respect democratic processes and the rule of law.”
Many countries, both allies and opponents of the US, issued travel warnings to their citizens.
Australians were urged to avoid US protests, which Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described as a “rather disturbing scene” in the United States.
“The riots and protests we’ve seen in Washington, DC are very painful. They are very concerned, ”Morrison told reporters shortly after the US Congress began proceedings late Wednesday night.
“This is clearly a difficult time for the United States. They are very good friends of Australia, and they are one of the greatest democracies in the world. And so … our thoughts are with him and we look forward to a peaceful change. ‘
The Chinese embassy in the United States warned its citizens about the “serious” situation about the coronovirus epidemic and the “massive protest march” in Washington that prompted the city’s government to impose curfew.
Shock and disgust marked the reactions of many world leaders.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “Disgusting view of America having been an ally of America for generations.” The United States stands for democracy worldwide and now it is important that there is a peaceful and orderly transfer of power. “
Other friendly countries were described as an attack on American democracy, although some said they believed American democratic institutions would face upheaval.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter, “Trump and his supporters must finally accept the American voters’ decision and stop trampling on democracy.” “Inflammatory words lead to violent actions.” He said that “contempt for democratic institutions has implications.”
“Beauty of democracy?” The shrug emoji was accompanied by a tweet response by Bashir Ahmed, a personal assistant to the President of Nigeria, which has led to several coup since independence – including a decade ago by President Muhammadu Buhari, who recently via a vote Had entered the office.
Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, Narendra Modi of India, said on Twitter, “Distressed to see news about riots and violence in Washington DC. The transfer of power should continue in a systematic and peaceful manner. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be distorted through illegal protests. “
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and Colombian President Ivan Duque were among those from Latin America who condemned the protesters, but both also said they were confident that American democracy and the rule of law would prevail.
“In this tragic episode in America, supporters of fascism show their true face: democratic and aggressive,” tweeted Luis Roberto Barroso, Brazilian Supreme Court justice and head of the country’s electoral court. He said he hoped “American societies and institutions would react vigorously to this threat to democracy.” ‘
Venezuela, which is under US sanctions, said the events in Washington show that the US is “suffering what it has generated in other countries with its politics of aggression.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has saved US-backed opposition efforts to oust him from power despite allegations of human rights abuses, civil unrest and a humanitarian crisis, forcing millions to flee the oil-rich country is.
In Puerto Rico, many people took to social media and jokingly said that American territories no longer want state status. Freedom, he said, saw appeals for the first time in decades.
In fact, the last time one of the US Congress was violently incited in the pursuit of independence. In March 1954, four members of Puerto Rico’s Nationalist Party opened fire on the floor of the house, injuring five legislators.
European Parliament Speaker David Sasoli, who heads one of the largest legislatures in the world, also denied the Capitol scenes. The European Union has spent four cantonments working with the Trump administration, and its top officials have repeatedly said they are hoping for a better relationship under President-Elect Joe Biden.
“This is a rebellion. nothing less. In Washington, “Former Sweden Prime Minister Karl Bilt tweeted.
AP journalists around the world contributed to this story.
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