Many countries are shocked by the recent unrest in the U.S. capital
The world community continues to comment on events in Washington, D.C., where supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday.
“What happened today in Washington is not America,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a video message that was posted on Twitter Wednesday night. – We believe in the power of our democracies. We believe in the power of American democracy.”
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) January 7, 2021
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on Facebook on Thursday, “Once again, we draw attention to the fact that the electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards, creating opportunities for numerous violations, and the American media has become a tool of political struggle.” She added: “We wish the friendly American people to survive this dramatic moment in their own history with dignity.”
Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday expressed regret over the riots. The agency sent out an emergency notice to Taiwanese citizens “to increase their vigilance and attention to safety” in connection with the imposition of curfews in Washington.
Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry told reporters Thursday that the government is closely monitoring developments in Washington. “We hope that the situation will normalize soon and in no way affect the current transition process,” he said.
Rauf Hasan, an aide to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, said in an interview with Voice of America that the storming of the Capitol proves that the United States has “no moral right to comment on democratic principles in other countries.” “If the United States saw what the United States was doing in the United States, the United States would invade the United States to free the United States from the tyranny of the United States,” Hassan wrote on Twitter.
Shariman Lokman, an analyst at the Institute for Strategic and International Studies in Malaysia, told Voice of America that the unrest “does not make America look good … It only exacerbates the negative perceptions people already have about America. You can’t handle COVID properly and you can’t handle elections properly. You [the U.S. government] keep telling us how to organize ourselves, but you can’t organize yourselves properly.”
Song Young-gil, a member of South Korea’s ruling party, wrote on Facebook, “This kind of behavior can be used by dictatorships who want to justify their behavior. I look forward to the United States restoring its system.”