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Violence in Washington: World leaders specific concern over Capitol Hill protest

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L), Australian Prime Minister Scot Morrison (C) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R). Picture: file
  • “What is happening is wrong,” says NZ PM Jacinda Ardern
  • Canadian PM Justin Trudea describes Capitol Hill protest as an “attack on democracy”
  • Very distressing scenes on the US Congress, says the Australian prime minister

As unprecedented scenes of violence and chaos had been witnessed at Capitol Hill in Washington, a number of nations expressed their concern and disappointment on the incident. 

Learn extra: Chaos in Washington as Trump supporters storm US Capitol

Inspired by US President Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric concerning the validity of the 2020 US election outcomes, armed mobs broke into america Capitol — the equal of Parliament Home, the constructing the place the US Home of Representatives and Senate (Congress) meet — vandalising essentially the most central image of American democracy.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern didn’t mince her phrases by saying: “What is happening is wrong”.

Ardern expressed hope that the state of affairs would normalise, saying in a follow-up tweet that she hoped democracy within the nation would prevail. 

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“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,” she tweeted. 

Canadians deeply disturbed by ‘assault on democracy’: Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted in regards to the incident as nicely, saying that “democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be”. 

“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,” he tweeted. 

UN Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres stated he was saddened by the incident.

“In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law,” he stated in an announcement. 

Australian Prime Minister Scot Morrison condemned the “very distressing scenes” in Washington. 

“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,” he tweeted. 

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