What Are Asian Governments Saying About the Storming of the US Capitol?

AdvertisementOn January 6, a mob Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to disrupt the formal certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory – and thus President Donald Trump’s loss. Trump had spread baseless conspiracy theories about electoral fraud, refused to concede the election, and on January 6 encouraged the protesters to march on the Capitol. The violence sparked horror around the world, with a number of government issuing swift condemnations.Below, The Diplomat has collected official statements from governments in our coverage region on the incident. We will be updating this piece throughout the week as new statements are issued.To set the tone, a statement from U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo himself – a Trump appointee – on Twitter: “The storming of the U.S. Capitol today is unacceptable. Lawlessness and rioting — here or around the world — is always unacceptable. I have travelled to many countries and always support the right of every human being to protest peacefully for their beliefs and their causes. But violence, putting at risk the safety of others including those tasked with providing security for all of us, is intolerable both at home and abroad. Let us swiftly bring justice to the criminals who engaged in this rioting. America is better than what we saw today at a place where I served as a member of Congress and saw firsthand democracy at its best.”AustraliaDiplomat BriefWeekly NewsletterNGet briefed on the story of the week, and dev…. Read more: https://tinyurl.com/y3agn2th
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