World Leaders Condemn ‘Disgraceful’ scenes at US Capitol
The United States of America is the most important country in the world. And that is one of the many reasons why the whole world watches as their elections proceed. Now, with the recent events of a failed coup on the US Capitol, World Leaders are expressing their sentiments on the “disgraceful” scenes in the US Capitol.
World leaders condemn the “disgraceful” events inside the US Capitol
One of the first among the World leaders to express their concern was Canada’s Justin Trudeau, who said that “violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people”. Furthermore, he also expressed how Canadians were “deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack” on the US Capitol.
Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 6, 2021
Even though he is no longer a World Leader, Barrack Obama’s words still matter in political discourse. He released a lengthy statement, he accused Donald Trump and the Republican party had instigated violence through their years and years of resentment.
Here’s my statement on today’s violence at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/jLCKo2D1Ya
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 7, 2021
Furthermore, the most prominent leader from the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel also directly blamed Donald Trump for the attempted coup, saying:
I regret very much that President Trump since November has not conceded his defeat, and not yesterday either.
"I regret very much that President Trump since November has not conceded his defeat, and not yesterday either."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says outgoing US President Donald Trump created an atmosphere that made the attack on the US Capitol possible. pic.twitter.com/W40noCCyK9
— DW News (@dwnews) January 7, 2021
Arguably the most beloved World leader of them all, New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern also expressed great concern for the happenings in the US. She said:
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.
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
Furthermore, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison also condemned the violence, hoping for a “peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration”.
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.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 6, 2021
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson also emphasized the importance of a “peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” especially for the United States which is a global leader when it comes to standing for democracy all around the world.
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
Furthermore, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon also horrified after looking at the scenes from the US Capitol. She expressed her solidarity with those “on the side of democracy and the peaceful and constitutional transfer of power”. Moreover, she also said:
Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.
Another leader from the European Union, French President Emmanuel Macron released a long video message for the people of the United States. He emphasized the importance of a peaceful transition of power and his confidence in American Democracy:
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 7, 2021
Furthermore, another prominent World Leader, India’s Narendra Modi also expressed his views on the events from the US Capitol. He also expressed the importance of a peaceful transfer of power.
Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2021
A prominent leader from the African continent, Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa took a very strong stance against Donald Trump and his administration. He highlighted how Trump imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe last year that imposed a lot of economic hardships on his people. Moreover, the reasons Trump gave were concerns about Zimbabwe’s democracy, which seems ironic after yesterday’s events. Now, President Mnangagwa says that the US has:
no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of upholding democracy. These sanctions must end.
Last year, President Trump extended painful economic sanctions placed on Zimbabwe, citing concerns about Zimbabwe’s democracy.
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.
— President of Zimbabwe (@edmnangagwa) January 7, 2021
These are arguably some of the strongest words used by any of the world leaders against America, but they are absolutely legitimate and not unfounded. The events from the US Capitol have raised some very legitimate questions on American Democracy. Furthermore, World leaders are now beginning to question America’s claim for a moral high ground when it comes to freedom when it’s clear that the coup was a result of white privilege and if any other persecuted minority from America had attempted such a thing, there would have been carnage on the US Capitol. Therefore, the high hand the United States would carry on every country has been dealt a huge blow by American citizens who refused to accept democracy. So, we’ll have to see how America as a country responds to these events.