Many of the United States’ Western allies condemned the storming of demonstrators supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump at the headquarters of Congress in Washington, calling for respect for democracy and the result of the presidential elections that were won by Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
“Shocking scenes in Washington,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a tweet, adding, “The result of this election must be respected.”
For his part, European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said that what happened in the Capitol “is an assault on American democracy, its institutions and the rule of law,” and wrote on Twitter, “In the eyes of the world, American democracy appears tonight under siege.”
In turn, the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, described what the Capitol witnessed as “extremely disturbing”, calling for “the need to respect democratic electoral votes.”
Peaceful transfer of power
In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described what happened as “shameful scenes,” calling for a peaceful transfer of power to Biden.
“The United States supports democracy around the world, and it is now important to have a peaceful and orderly transition of power,” Johnson said on Twitter.
As for Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, he said on Twitter, “The United States is rightfully proud of its democracy, and there can be no justification for these violent attempts to thwart the legal and proper transfer of power.”
In the context, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney held Trump personally responsible for what is happening, and said on Twitter, “Very horrific and sad scenes in Washington, which we must consider a deliberate attack on democracy by a current president and his supporters, in an attempt to cancel free and fair elections.”
In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on Trump’s supporters to “stop trampling on democracy,” and wrote, “Trump and his supporters must ultimately accept the decision of the electorate,” adding that enemies of democracy would be happy to see these horrific images from Washington.
In France, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian considered the Trump supporters’ storming of the Capitol building a “grave violation of democracy,” stressing that “the desire of the American people must be respected.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described what happened in the American capital with “horrific” scenes, calling on Trump to “immediately recognize that Joe Biden is the next president.”
In turn, the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, described the storming of the Capitol as “a totally unacceptable attack on democracy in the United States,” and held President Trump responsible for stopping this matter.
Calls for calm
In Ankara, the official spokesman for the Turkish presidency, Ibrahim Kalin, said that they are following with concern what the United States is witnessing, and the same thing came in a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
The statement recommended that Turkish citizens in the United States stay away from crowded places and places of demonstrations.
The Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Shantoub also called on the parties in the United States to calm down, adding in a tweet, “We believe that problems will always be solved within the framework of law and democracy.”
In a dangerous precedent in American political life, Congress witnessed clashes between security forces and protesters from supporters of Trump after they stormed the building.
Police used pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the protesters and push them out of the building.
The storming attempt came during a session of Congress to vote on the election results and confirm the name of the winning president and his deputy, and the events led to the suspension of the meeting of members of Congress, and the closure of the building.