World leaders condemn violent scenes in U.S.
World leaders, including U.S. allies, have been quick to express their shock and dismay at the scenes of chaos in Washington after the Capitol building was stormed on Wednesday (January 6) by rioters supporting President Donald Trump. Prime Ministers and Presidents from around the world have called on Trump and his supporters to respect the result of the November election. French President Emmanuel Macron posted a video saying ‘what happened is not American. We believe in the strength of the American democracy.’ While, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the violence a ‘disgrace.’ Elsewhere, in Latin America the leaders of Argentina and Chile took to Twitter to condemn the scenes in Washington. Venezuela, a country with a recent history of unrest, said it hoped the U.S. could open a new path towards stability and social justice. In Asia – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who’s forged a good relationship with Trump, tweeted that he was distressed by the scenes and called for an orderly and peaceful transfer of power. Meanwhile, Russia’s deputy UN ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy appeared to revel in what was going on. He tweeted: “Quite Maidan-style pictures are coming from DC,” in reference to the 2014 protests in Ukraine that toppled the Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich.