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picture captionSupporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday

World leaders have condemned violent scenes in Washington after supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol constructing on Wednesday.

The riot compelled the suspension of a joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

Many leaders known as for peace and an orderly transition of energy, describing what occurred as “horrifying” and an “attack on democracy”.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the “disgraceful scenes”.

“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,” he wrote on Twitter.

Other UK politicians joined him in criticising the violence, with opposition chief Sir Keir Starmer calling it a “direct attack on democracy”.

media captionHome Secretary Priti Patel says Donald Trump was mistaken for not condemning the violence

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel mentioned those that stormed the US legislature have been “attackers and rioters” and that she felt “angry and also sad” after seeing photos from the scene.

She instructed a gathering of German conservatives: “I regret very much that President Trump has still not admitted defeat, but has kept raising doubts about the elections.”

China in the meantime tried to attract comparisons between the rioters who entered Congress to try to subvert the US election outcome and pro-democracy protesters who stormed Hong Kong’s Legislative Council final yr.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying claimed occasions in Hong Kong have been extra “severe” than these in Washington however “not one demonstrator died”.

The comparisons between the 2 incidents has prompted outrage amongst Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists and their supporters.

Russia blamed the “archaic” US electoral system and the politicisation of the media for Wednesday’s unrest in Washington.

“The electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards, creating opportunities for numerous violations, and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle,” international ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned.

Elsewhere in Europe, a refrain of leaders condemned the scenes in Washington as an assault on democracy.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez mentioned: “I have trust in the strength of US democracy. The new presidency of Joe Biden will overcome this tense stage, uniting the American people.”

In a video on Twitter, French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned: “When, in one of the world’s oldest democracies, supporters of an outgoing president take up arms to challenge the legitimate results of an election, a universal idea – that of ‘one person, one vote’ – is undermined.

“What occurred right now in Washington DC will not be American, positively. We consider within the power of our democracies. We consider within the power of American democracy” he added.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven described the incident as “worrying” and said it was “an assault on democracy”.

Deeply worrying developments in Washington, D.C. This is an assault on democracy. President Trump and several other members of Congress bear substantial duty for developments. The democratic election course of should be revered.

— SwedishPM (@SwedishPM) January 6, 2021

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Top EU leaders have additionally made their views identified. European Council President Charles Michel mentioned he trusted the US “to ensure a peaceful transfer of power” to Mr Biden, whereas European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned she appeared ahead to working with the Democrat, who “won the election”.

Like many different world figures, the Secretary-General of the Nato army alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, mentioned that the result of the election “must be respected”.

For his half, UN Secretary-General António Guterres was “saddened” by the occasions on the US Capitol, his spokesman mentioned.

The occasions additionally shocked America’s shut ally and neighbour to its north. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned Canadians have been “deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy”.

“Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be,” he wrote on Twitter.

media captionWhen a mob stormed the US capitol

From New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, tweeted that “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”.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia – one other shut US ally – condemned the “distressing scenes” and mentioned he appeared ahead to a peaceable switch of energy.

In India, the world’s largest democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi – who has loved a superb relationship with President Trump – mentioned he was “distressed to see news about rioting and violence” in Washington.

“Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue,” he tweeted.

Distressed to see information about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceable switch of energy should proceed. The democratic course of can’t be allowed to be subverted via illegal protests.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 7, 2021

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Turkey, an ally via Nato, mentioned it invited “all parties” to point out “restraint and common sense”.

The Venezuelan authorities, which the US doesn’t recognise as professional, mentioned “with this regrettable episode, the United States suffers the same thing that it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression”.

In statements on Twitter, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández and Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera additionally condemned the scenes in Washington. Mr Piñera mentioned Chile “trusts in the solidity of US democracy to guarantee the rule of law”.

In Japan, certainly one of America’s closest allies and companions, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato mentioned the federal government hoped for a “peaceful transfer of power” within the United States.

From Fiji, Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who led a coup in 2006, additionally expressed outrage on the occasions that happened.

The violent scenes we noticed in Washington right now are an affront to democracies across the globe. True and real democracy is a treasured treasure that no nation ought to ever take as a right. We are assured the USA will quickly shut this ugly chapter as soon as and for all.

— Frank Bainimarama (@FijiPM) January 7, 2021

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And in Singapore, Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean mentioned he had watched because the “shocking” scenes happened, including: “Its a sad day.”