The US Capitol is once again secured but a woman is dead and three died in medical emergencies after supporters of Donald Trump breached one of the most iconic American buildings, engulfing the nation’s capital in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that will confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
Several world leaders reacted to this shocking turn of events. Early this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded with a tweet, in which he said: “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.”
PM Modi’s stand with respect to the US elections so far has been similarly diplomatic. He was seen tweeting his congratulations to Biden and looking forward to taking India-US ties to greater heights, after the elections.
In the same vein, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the president of the European Commission have also urged for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power and shown support to Joe Biden.
The situation at US Capitol
After Trump urged his supporters to speak up against the unlawful electoral process, swarms of pro-Trump supporters set up camp at the US Capitol building in Washington.
Demonstrators were seen carrying full rioting gear and entering the building while calling officers traitors. In attempts to control the demonstrators, the police resorted to an armed stand-off at the House front door.
Following the violent outcome of the riots, both Twitter and Facebook have temporarily suspended ex-US President Trump’s account. This unprecedented move was to curb Trump’s address to his supporters about the conspiracy theories regarding the November 3 elections.