By Caribbean News Global
WASHINGTON, USA – Secretary-General and the president of the General Assembly have expressed sadness over the violence that erupted on Wednesday when supporters of president Trump stormed the US Capitol building.
“In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law.”
Four people died and 68 were arrested (overnight), following several thousand protesters marched on the US Capitol in Washington DC, the heart of American democracy.
After the building was cleared, legislators returned to the chamber to certify the November’s presidential election. Senate Majority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell, described the mob violence as a “failed insurrection”.
Volkan Bozkir, president of the UN General Assembly also voiced his dismay at the scenes that unfolded on Capitol Hill.
In a tweet, Bozkir, said that the “US is one of the world’s major democracies.”
“I believe that peace and respect for democratic processes will prevail in our host country at this critical time”, he added.
“The IPU and the parliamentary community strongly condemn the violence and the assault on the US Capitol on Wednesday 6 January. The integrity of this bastion of democracy and of the representatives of the people of the United States must be respected.
IPU president, Duarte Pacheco, said: “I thoroughly condemn this attempt to violate the constitutional and democratic order of the USA.”
IPU Secretary General, Martin Chungong, said: “I am deeply dismayed at the news about the violence in the US Congress. This is an unacceptable and disgraceful assault on democracy and its representatives.”
Meanwhile, Bolsonaro continues to back Trump and reiterates allegations of election fraud, according to mercopress report.
Asked by a supporter for his views on the chaotic scenes in Washington, he said: “I followed everything today. You know I’m connected to Trump, right? So you already know my answer.”
“There were lot of reports of fraud, a lot of reports of fraud,” he added, in a video posted on social media, without providing evidence.