WASHINGTON – World leaders were shocked and denounced the unprecedented scenes on Capitol Hill when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
“Shameful scenes in the American Congress. The US stands for democracy around the world and it is now important for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power to take place, ”UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted.
EU officials have expressed support for President-elect Joe Biden, while the actions of extremist Trump supporters have limited movement on Capitol Hill and the certification of Joe Biden’s victory has been interrupted.
“I believe in the power of American institutions and democracy. It is based on a peaceful transfer of power. Joe Biden won the election, ”European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted.
“The outcome of these democratic elections must be respected,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday issued a statement urging its citizens in the United States to avoid crowds and places of confrontation.
“We call on all parties in the United States to exercise restraint and common sense. We believe that the United States will overcome this internal political crisis in a thoughtful way, ”the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called Wednesday’s riots “a serious attack on democracy.”
The Organization of American States also condemned the attack.
“The use of force and vandalism against institutions constitutes a serious attack against the functioning of democracy,” the OAS General Secretariat for Incidents said on Wednesday, calling for a return to “much needed rationality.”