Link Copied

From Boris Johnson to Narendra Modi and Jacinda Ardern — here's how world leaders reacted to the Capitol Hill chaos

From Boris Johnson to Narendra Modi and Jacinda Ardern — here's how world leaders reacted to the Capitol Hill chaos
  • Political leaders across the world have expressed their outrage and horror over the violent siege of the US Capitol.
  • Armed pro-Trump protestors barged into the Capitol as lawmakers met to certify the electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Indian Prime Minister Modi condemned the act, saying the democratic process cannot be subverted through unlawful protests.
On Thursday morning, the world woke up to turmoil at the US Capitol Hill. Pro-Trump protestors barged into the Capitol in an attempt to overturn the results of the election held on November 3 won by President-elect Joe Biden. In the chaos that followed, violent and armed protestors stormed and occupied the building; lawmakers were escorted out, while one woman died after being shot at the Capitol.

While Americans watched the turn of events at Washington DC in disbelief, questioning the democracy of their country, political leaders across the world joined in to express their outrage over the incident and condemn the development in one of the world's largest democracies.

Here’s what the world leaders had to say on the news from Washington:



Joe Biden, President-elect, US

Joe Biden, President-elect, US
Wikimedia Commons

Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of goodwill, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to the pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good.

Advertisement

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
BCCL

Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests.

Advertisement

British PM Boris Johnson

British PM Boris Johnson
Wikimedia Commons

Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.

Advertisement
Advertisement

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Wikimedia Commons

Like so many others, I’ve been watching what’s happening in the United States. I share the sentiment of friends in the US - what is happening is wrong. Democracy - the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully should never be undone by a mob. Our thoughts are with everyone who is as devastated as we are by the events of today. I have no doubt democracy will prevail.

Advertisement

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
BCCL

Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld - and it will be.

Advertisement

French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron
Wikimedia Commons

French President Emmanuel Macron released a video statement regarding the violence at Capitol Hill. “When in one of the world’s oldest democracies supporters of an outgoing President take up arms to challenge the legitimate results of an election a universal idea that of one person one vote is undermined… Today France stands strongly, fervently and resolutely with the American people and with all the people who want to choose their leaders, determine their own destinies and their own lives through free and democratic elections,” he said.

Advertisement

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia
Wikimedia Commons

Very distressing scenes at the US Congress. We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition.

Advertisement

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez
Wikimedia Commons

I am following with concern the news that are coming from Capitol Hill in Washington. I trust in the strength of America's democracy. The new Presidency of @JoeBiden will overcome this time of tension, uniting the American people.

Advertisement