World Leaders Express Shock at Storming of Capitol by Supporters of President Trump

‘Shame on Those Who Have Incited this Attack on Democracy,’ Says Sturgeon

The Reichstag in Berlin

By Kurt Stolz on 7 January 2021
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Seeing echoes of their own fascist past in some cases, world leaders reacted in horror to televised scenes of supporters of President Trump storming the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop a joint session of Congress from certifying the election of Joseph Biden as president.

From Europe to Asia to Latin America, politicians and citizens alike watched the events of January 6 unfold in horror.

The action temporarily halted the certification of the Electoral College ballots. Congress reconvened at 8 p.m. and certified the results in the early morning hours Thursday.

The act of domestic terrorism brought to mind both the burning of the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, in 1933, and the Kristallnacht or November pogroms of 1938, when Jewish homes and businesses were attacked by rapid mobs, said FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, whose father lived through both in Vienna as a small child.

Germany Außenminister Heiko Maas drew a parallel between Hitler’s power grab and the events in Washington, D.C.  “Violent actions come from inflammatory words – on the steps of the Reichstag and now in the Capitol,” he said.  “Disregarding democratic institutions has devastating consequences

Saying that the images made her “furious and also sad,” Germany’s Bundeskanzler Angela Merkel said that President Trump, whose administration ends on January 20, had “created an atmosphere that made the attack on the U.S. Capitol possible.”

“We believe in Democracy,” said French President Emmanuel Macron.  “France stands strongly, fervently and resolutely with the American people,” but “[W]hen, in one of the world’s oldest democracies, supporters of an outgoing president take up arms to challenge the legitimate results of an election, that one idea –  that of ‘one person, one vote’ – is undermined.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who said that he has always been inspired by American democracy, termed the “rampage” as “a disgraceful act,” said that the violence was the opposite of both American and Israeli values.

Calling for “a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress, “ adding that “the United States stands for democracy around the world.”

Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Scotland, called the images “horrifying,” and soundly criticized President Trump: “Shame on those who have incited this attack on democracy.”

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