Protest: American democracy under siege, says EU

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

European Union officials have expressed shock at what they described as “assault on US democracy” witnessed by the storming of the US Congress on Wednesday by thousands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.

“To witness tonight’s scenes in Washington DC is a shock,” European Council president Charles Michel tweeted.

“In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege,” the European Union’s foreign policy supremo Josep Borrell said, in a separate tweet.

“This is an unseen assault on US democracy, its institutions and the rule of law. This is not America. The election results of 3 November must be fully respected,” Borrell said, referring to the US presidential election that saw Trump beaten by Joe Biden.

Borrell commended Biden, who had earlier given an address branding the protesters’ forced entry into the Congress building an “insurrection”.

“The strength of US democracy will prevail over extremist individuals,” Borrell said.

Michel said in his tweet that the US Congress was “a temple of democracy” and added: “We trust the US to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to Joe Biden.”



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