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World leaders shocked at US Capitol violence, express outrage at assault on democracy

Photos courtesy: Twitter
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Leaders from around the world have expressed shock and outrage at the violence perpetrated by Trump supporters at the US Capitol on Wednesday. Leaders of nations like Britain, France, India, Canada, Australia and many others have strongly condemned the storming of the US Capitol in Washington. 

Here are some of the reactions: 

Britain

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Twitter condemned the violence, tweeting, “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.”

France

French President Emmanuel Macron posted a video on his Twitter page, with a message that read, "We believe in democracy.”

India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been a firm Trump ally, said he was "distressed to see news about rioting and violence" in Washington.

"Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests," Modi tweeted.

Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted what happened at the US Capitol was an "attack on democracy."

"Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour," he added.

Germany

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also condemned the violence and asked the protestors to "stop trampling on democracy", adding that Trump and his supporters should “finally accept the decision of American voters”.

European Union

EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell tweeted, "In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege". 

“This is an unseen assault on US democracy, its institutions and the rule of law. This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected,” he added.

Australia

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted, “Very distressing scenes at the US Congress. We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition.”

New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said “what is happening is wrong.”

She tweeted, “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.”

Ireland

Irish prime minister Micheal Martin tweeted, "The Irish people have a deep connection with the United States of America, built up over many generations. I know that many, like me, will be watching the scenes unfolding in Washington DC with great concern and dismay".

Austria

Austrian Chancellor tweeted that he was “shocked by the scenes in Washington, D.C.”. 

"This is an unacceptable assault on democracy. A peaceful and orderly transfer of power must be ensured," he added. 

The Netherlands

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte called on Donald Trump to "recognise @JoeBiden as the next president today". 

Spain

Spanish president Pedro Sanchez tweeted, “I am following with concern the news that are coming from Capitol Hill in Washington. I trust in the strength of America's democracy. The new Presidency of @JoeBiden will overcome this time of tension, uniting the American people.”

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