Supporters of US President Donald Trump have invaded the Capitol in Washington. The aim of Trump supporters was apparently to disrupt the confirmation of the US election results at the seat of the American Congress. President-elect Joe Biden spoke of an “unprecedented attack” on democracy. US MPs condemned the chaos in the Capitol and politicians around the world criticized the events.
“This is anarchy. This is an attempted coup, ”he said Seth Moulton MP. The congressional session had previously been canceled, at which Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election was to be confirmed. The democratic one MEP Val Demings wrote at Twitter: “A mob storms the US Capitol to overturn an election. There’s going to be a coup. ”Your colleague Mark Pocan accused Trump of promoting “domestic terrorism.”
The democratic one MEP Ilhan Omar announced via Twitter that she wanted to initiate impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Prepare relevant documents. “We cannot allow him to stay in office,” she wrote. It is about preserving the republic. Several other MPs have also called for Trump to be removed from office.
Trump had recently called on his supporters to move to the Capitol in a speech about alleged fraud in the US presidential election. The Senate and the House of Representatives are located there. In his speech he urged tens of thousands of supporters not to put up with the “theft” of the election.
The leading Democrats in the US Congress appealed to Trump to urge the demonstrators he fueled to leave the US Capitol. “We appeal to President Trump to urge all demonstrators to leave the US Capitol and the Capitol grounds immediately,” said the House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and the Senate Democratic minority leader, Chuck Schumer, With.
Republicans also condemn the unrest
The leading Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, condemned the unrest at the seat of the US Parliament. What was happening was “un-American,” he told CBS News. “I’m disappointed. I’m sad. This is not what our country should be like. ”McCarthy is an ally of Trump.
Also US Vice President Mike Pence condemned the unrest. “Peaceful protest is the right of every American, but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be held accountable with all the harshness of the law,” Pence tweeted.
Internationally, too, politicians watched the unrest with concern. EU Council President Charles Michel expressed dismay. “Watching the scenes tonight in Washington, DC is a shock,” Michel wrote on Twitter. The US Congress is “a temple of democracy”. Similar expressed itself EU Parliament President David Sassoli: “Deeply unsettling scenes from the US Capitol tonight.” Democratic elections must be respected. The EU Foreign Affairs Representative Josep BorrelI wrote: “In the eyes of the world, American democracy appears under siege tonight”. He spoke of an “invisible attack on US democracy, its institutions and the rule of law.”
Maas and Röttgen worried
The German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) reacted with concern. Maas wrote on Twitter: “Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decision of the American voters and stop trampling democracy.” The enemies of democracy would be happy about the “unbelievable pictures” from Washington. Riotous words turned into violent acts. “The contempt for democratic institutions has devastating effects.”
Norbert Röttgen (CDU), Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Bundestag, sees the Republicans before a fundamental decision. “Now is the last time Republicans can choose between democracy and Trump,” he tweeted. Trump hounded against the institutions of democracy.
Sigmar Gabriel, Head of the Atlantic Bridge, sees a turning point. “Right-wing extremists are storming the heart of US democracy. Donald Trump called the ghosts and he doesn’t want to get rid of them. A president is rehearsing the coup, ”he tweeted. “Today will strengthen the democratic turn in the US and Joe Biden”.
France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian wrote: “The violence against the American institutions is a serious attack on democracy.” He condemned the excesses. Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wrote: “Shocked by the scenes in Washington.” Now a peaceful and orderly transfer of power must be ensured. Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was also concerned. “Violence is incompatible with the exercise of political rights and democratic freedoms,” he tweeted. But he trusts in the strength of the institutions of the United States.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the unrest. “Shameful scenes in the US Congress,” tweeted Johnson. “The United States stands for democracy all over the world, and it is now crucial that there be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke of “shocking scenes in Washington, DC”. “The result of this democratic election must be respected,” tweeted the Norwegian.