Disbelief and unanimous condemnation of European leaders to the assault on the US Congress

The international community raises its hands in the face of the images of the assault on one of the oldest parliaments in the world. The leaders of the European Union have been among the first to react and among the most vehement.

The President of the Spanish Government Pedro Sanchez He was one of the first to intervene, saying he was following the situation with concern and hoping that the arrival of Joe Biden to the White House would represent a new stage for the United States.

The general secretary of the OTAN, Jens Stoltenberg, described the Washington scenes as “shocking” and emphasized that “the result of this democratic election must be respected.”

The french president Emmanuel Macron he went further with a video intervention in which he said that the images and what was happening, an invasion of the “secular temple of democracy” of the United States “is not America” ​​in a message entitled “we believe in democracy.”

Germany, by mouth of vicecanciller Olaf Scholz has directly denounced Donald Trump as the instigator of the incredible events on Capitol Hill. Scholz said the images are disturbing and show how much Donald Trump has divided the country. “Joe Biden has a tough job ahead of him to bring Americans back together,” he said.

The president of the Comisión Europea Ursula von der Leyen he just retweeted Joe Biden saying he trusts in the strength of American institutions and democracy. “A peaceful transition is essential. Joe Biden won the election. I look forward to working with him as the next president of the United States.”

Even leaders with certain tune with Donald Trump as the prime minister Brit Boris Johnson they have condemned the “shameful” images of the Capitol saying that it is vital that there is a peaceful and orderly transition of power because the United States “defends democracy” around the world.

The first Minister Dutch Mark Rutte has called to recognize “today” Joe Biden as president before these “horrible” images.

The shock was the majority sentiment among the presidents, as stated by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, en on Twitter, where he described the event as “democratic shame” and called for the cessation of this “attack on freedoms.”

Astonished the Chancellor of Austria, Conservative Sebastian Kurz: “Shocked by the scenes in Washington. This is an unacceptable assault on democracy. A peaceful and orderly transfer of power must be ensured.” “Disturbing images” for him Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, who asked to respect the election result “with a peaceful and orderly transition of power.”

The deputy ambassador of Russia ante la ONU, Dmitry Polyanskiy, He also condemned “violence of any kind”, but launched this question on the air: “Why is called“ the assault of the protesters of the #US Capitol domestic terrorism and similar and much more bloody events in Kiev in 2014 ”revolution of the dignity?”

Wave of global outrage, starting with the Americas

Outside of Europe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau He was confident that American democracy will resist these attacks and that the entire country is saddened and unsettled at the sight of these images.

Venezuela did not miss the occasion. Despite stating its concern about the events and hoping for the end of the violence, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry He expressed in a brief statement that “with this unfortunate episode, the United States suffers the same thing that they have generated in other countries with their aggressive policies.” The Executive of Nicolás Maduro also “condemns the political polarization and the spiral of violence” which, in his opinion, “only reflects the profound crisis that the political and social system of the United States is currently experiencing.”

Their Latin American neighbors, on the other hand, showed their trust in US institutions, such as Chile, Ecuador or Costa Rica. The Central American country reiterated its condemnation of violence and expressed its confidence in “the historical solidity of the democratic institutions of the United States of America, as well as in the deep feeling of respect for the rule of law.”

A similar message launched the Chilean President Sebastián Piñera, which also condemned “violence and undue interference with constitutional institutions” in the United States; while the president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, he trusted that the “democratic values” of the United States “will prevail against any attempt to undermine its institutions.”

He President of Colombia, Iván Duque, expressed his “solidarity and support to the honorable members of Congress and all institutions”, in a rejection message on his Twitter account in which he also reiterated his trust in US institutions.

He Argentine president, Alberto Fernández, he repudiated “the serious acts of violence and the outrage of Congress” of the United States and maintained his “strongest support” for the president-elect, Joe Biden.

Likewise, Brazil authorities, among them the president of the Senate, Davi Alcolumbre, and of the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, repudiated the assault and asked that democracy be respected, while the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, kept silent.

For his part, the new governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Pierluisi, called for respect for democracy and stressed that 2021 “has to be the year to heal differences.” Pierluisi thus joined the dozens of calls for calm and the defense of democracy that went around the world today, in a moment of high tension in the US, before the confirmation of Joe Biden as president of the country.

Within the United States, former presidents, congressmen and other political leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, on Wednesday condemned the seizure of the Capitol by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump, whom some held accountable for what happened and asked for a political trial.

He former President Barack Obama It said in a statement that saying this was a surprise would be misleading, in light of Donald Trump’s actions during his tenure. “History will rightly recall today’s violence on Capitol Hill, incited by an incumbent president who has continued to lie unsubstantiated about the outcome of a legal election, as a moment of great disgrace and shame for our nation.” He too former President Bill Clinton He maintained the same line of remembering that the antecedents of these “unprecedented” events are the result of the “political poison” inflated by Donald Trump during his four years in office.

One of the most significant reactions is that of the expresidente George W. Bush, also a Republican, who in a statement said, “Laura and I are watching the scenes of chaos unfolding at our nation’s headquarters of government with disbelief and dismay. It is a disgusting and heartbreaking sight. This is how the results of elections in a banana republic, not in our democratic republic. “