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The unprecedented scenes in the US capital, Washington DC, generated reactions ranging from condemnation to near-gratification from America’s allies and enemies around the world

Four people died in the violence, including a woman who was shot dead by police while supporters of President Donald Trump forcibly occupied the U.S. Capitol when Congress held a joint session to count the votes of the electoral college and to confirm Joe Biden’s election victory

The attempt to overthrow the American presidential election had elected officials crouching under desks and turning on gas signals while police tried unsuccessfully to barricade the building, one of the most exciting scenes ever to take place in a seat of American political power

“We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of government to the newly elected government in the great democratic tradition of America,” he wrote on Twitter

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Twitter that she “has no doubt that democracy will prevail”

“Democracy – people’s right to cast a vote, hear their voice, and then peacefully uphold that decision, should never be undone by a mob,” she tweeted

“Our thoughts go out to anyone who is as devastated as we are by today’s events”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Mr Trump was “completely wrong” in encouraging his supporters to storm the Capitol and “consistently questioning the outcome of a free and fair election”

“I wholeheartedly condemn the encouragement people have given to behave as shamefully as they did in the Capitol,” he said at a press conference on Thursday

When asked about Mr. Trump’s role in fighting the rioters, Ms. Patel replied: “Words of provocation are completely wrong”

“To be honest, every aspect of the violence and activities that have taken place should be condemned,” said Ms. Patel

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced his concern on News 1130 Vancouver radio station, saying: “We are following the situation minute by minute”

“I think American democratic institutions are strong and hopefully things will go back to normal shortly”

Ireland’s Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney described the scenes in Washington as “a deliberate attack on democracy by a seated president and his supporters in an attempt to overthrow a free & election””

French President Emmanuel Macron also condemned the violence, while Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized Mr Trump directly

Mr. Macron said the actions of a violent crowd of Trump supporters were “not America”

Rioters made it into the House Chambers, where US politicians had to be evacuated, and also into the offices of some officials

The French leader made a video message that was exceptional both because it deviated from the usual diplomatic protocol of the Allied countries and because they generally did not comment on each other, and because he published it on Twitter in the middle of the year Night –

Describing the Capitol as “the secular temple of American democracy,” Mr Macron tweeted, “What happened in Washington D.C today is definitely not America We believe in the strength of our democracies, we believe in the strength of American democracy “

He said France and the United States are linked by a “pact of freedom and democracy” and have a “united struggle to ensure that our democracies emerge strengthened from the moment we all live”

“We will not give in to an iota to the violence of the few who would question this”

Mr Steinmeier said the violence came from “an armed mob spurred on by a seated president”

“The scenes we saw are the result of lies and more lies, of division and contempt for democracy, of hatred and excitement, even at the highest level,” he said

He said it was a reminder of a demonstration outside the Reichstag in Berlin last August when a group of far-right protesters tried to storm the building after a demonstration against German pandemic restrictions but were intercepted by police and forcibly removed

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also condemned the violence and wrote on Twitter that he was following events with “great concern”

In the Middle East, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the unrest is evidence of the failure of Western democracy

“What we saw in America last night and today first demonstrated what a failure Western democracy is and how fragile and weak its foundation is,” he said

He said US President Donald Trump brought “disasters” to America and accused the US leader of harming the country’s dignity and reputation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned what he called the “rampage” of the pro-Trump mob, saying it contradicted the values ​​shared by the two countries

“The rampage yesterday in the Capitol was a shameful act and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms,” ​​said Netanyahu, thanking the Trump administration for reaching normalization agreements with four Arab countries

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that he was “desperate” over the riots

China accused America of double standards when State Department spokesman Hua Chunying compared the incident to violent protests in Hong Kong

“The mass media in the United States has unanimously condemned this (storming the Capitol) as a violent incident, using words like thugs, extremists, villains,” said Ms. Hua

“What words did you use to describe the violent protesters in Hong Kong? You said it was a beautiful sight and profiled violent protesters as democratic heroes”

“We should think deeply about the reason for the sharp contrast between such different attitudes in the US about what happened in Hong Kong in 2019 and what happened in the United States today”

Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy compared the scenes in DC to protests in Ukraine that overthrew Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014

“Some of my friends ask if someone is going to hand out crackers to protesters to repeat Victoria Nuland’s stunt,” he said on Twitter, citing a visit to Ukraine in 2013 as the then-US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland offered food to the protesters

Spokespersons Joanne Ou said the nation will continue to pay close attention to “relevant developments” in the US after the unprecedented scenes

Ms. Ou added that Taiwan’s US representative office had issued an emergency statement asking overseas Taiwanese living in Washington to be careful of their own safety and to avoid going out during the curfew

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