Canadian Justin Trudeau, British Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison have publicly commented

World leaders have condemned the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, and many have expressed their shock and outrage

Such chaotic scenes could normally be associated with the overthrow of a dictator, but this was an attempt by American citizens to stop a peaceful transition to power after a democratic election

One woman was killed after being shot dead by security, while three others died after medical emergencies

Executives around the world made statements or posted on social media during and after the chaos

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “is saddened by the events in the US Capitol,” said spokesman Stephane Dujarric

“In such circumstances it is important that political leaders demonstrate to their supporters the need to refrain from violence and to respect democratic processes and the rule of law”

“The United States represents democracy worldwide, and it is now crucial that there be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power”

“The riots and protests we saw in Washington, DC have been terribly worrying. They are very worrying,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters

“This is clearly a difficult time for the United States. They are a good friend of Australia and one of the greatest democracies in the world and so our thoughts are with them and we hope for a peaceful transition,” he said

Jens Stoltenberg tweeted: “Shocking scenes in Washington, DC The result of this democratic election must be respected”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country was “deeply concerned” by what was happening in the US, Canada’s closest ally and neighbor

“Violence will never be able to override the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be,” Trudeau tweeted

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “I believe in the strength of US institutions and democracy

“A peaceful change of power is at the core @ JoeBiden won the election, I look forward to working with him as the next President of the United States”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the storm was “a shameful act that must be strongly condemned”

Calling the Washington incident a “rampage” during joint televised commentary on the visit of US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Netanyahu said he had “no doubt that” American democracy will win, “adding,” It has it always done “

“Democracy – people’s right to cast a vote, hear their voice and then peacefully uphold that choice – should never be undone by a mob”

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a tweet: “I am following the news coming from Capitol Hill in Washington with concern I trust the strength of American democracy

“In this sad episode in the US, supporters of fascism showed their true colors: anti-democratic and aggressive,” tweeted Luis Roberto Barroso, judge at the Brazilian Supreme Court and head of the country’s electoral court

He said he hoped “American society and institutions respond vigorously to this threat to democracy”

Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her anger and blamed the violence for the US President’s failure to acknowledge his defeat against Democrat Joe Biden

“We all saw the disturbing pictures of the storming of the US Congress yesterday, and these pictures made me angry and sad too,” said Ms. Merkel at a meeting of German conservatives

“What happened in Washington DC today is definitely not American,” said President Emmanuel Macron in a video message on Twitter

“We believe in the strength of our democracies We believe in the strength of American democracy,” he said, speaking in English

Ireland’s Foreign Secretary Simon Coveney described the scenes in Washington as “a deliberate attack on democracy by a seated President & by his supporters who is trying to overthrow a free & fair! The world is watching! We hope for the restoration of that Quiet””

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