Thousands of Trump supporters invaded the Capitol Hill complex where Congress meets in an attempt to overturn the results of the Nov. 3 election won by Joe Biden. The violent attack also evoked a sense of shock from world leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who said he was “saddened” by Wednesday’s events. Thousands of protestors stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in at least the death of four persons, including one woman, and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Biden’s victory in the election.
It all started with Trump’ statement, who continues to make false claims that he won the November election, telling a rally of his supporters near the White House, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore.” Biden, in a television address, said the chaos at the Capitol “is not dissent, it’s disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.” British PM Boris Johnson tweeted that “President Trump and many members of Congress bear significant responsibility for what’s now taking place. The democratic process of electing a president must be respected.” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the scenes in Washington as “distressing.” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a tweet described the scenes as “an attack on democracy”.