An “unprecedented assault” on democracy

The international community attended stunned the assault of the Capitol by the defenders of Donald Trump. The images played on televisions around the world, with rioters breaking into the temple of American democracy, emptying fire extinguishers, occupying proud offices of legislators or confronting internal security, can be expected in a failed or decaying state, but that it was happening in the first world power, in which it presumes as the guardian of freedoms on the planet.

The protesters, spurred on by Trump himself, had already warned days in advance of his intention to boycott the ratification of Joe Biden’s election, but it was unimaginable that they could get so far. First that they tried, and then that they succeeded in the face of the impotence of the security device. “Shocking scenes in Washington,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, one of the first world leaders to react, was scandalized on Twitter. “The result of democratic elections must be respected,” he warned.

Those related to the US president were also addressed, and in the same way, by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, to demand that they “stop trampling democracy.” “Trump and his supporters should accept the decision of the voters,” he added. The German politician did not hesitate to hold the magnate responsible for what happened. “Incendiary words turn into violent actions,” he declared in relation to the drift of the speech of the still acting president since he lost the elections. Even before they were held, when he already hinted that he would not accept a victory from his rival and began to feed the theory of fraud.

“This is not the United States”

Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, valued what happened this Wednesday as “an unprecedented assault on democracy in the United States, its institutions and the rule of law.” “In the eyes of the world, American democracy seems to be under siege,” added the head of European diplomacy, who warned that “the results of the November 3 elections must be fully respected,” a unanimous outcry also signed by the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli. “This is not the United States,” Borrell lamented, referring to the assailants.

For his part, the British Prime Minister denounced the “shameful” scenes that took place in Washington. “The United States is the defender of democracy throughout the world and now it is vital that the transfer of power be done in a peaceful and orderly manner,” demanded Boris Johnson. His Foreign Minister, Dominic Raab, elaborated that “the United States is rightly very proud of its democracy and nothing can justify these violent attempts to derail the legal and compliant transition of power.”

In turn, the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, acknowledged his “concern” over what happened in the Capitol and at the same time his confidence in “the strength of democracy in the United States. “The new presidency of Joe Biden will overcome the stage of tension, uniting the American people,” predicted the Chief Executive, while from neighboring France, his Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, condemned “violence against women American institutions “, which he valued as” a serious attack on democracy “, and insisted that” the will and vote of the American people must be respected. “


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