Violence in US Capitol

Violence in US Capitol


he United States of America has been witnessing a tough time after the supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol in retaliation to the president's claim of fraudulent and rigged elections. Disagreement and disharmony that shrouded the citizens after baseless claims against authenticity and reputation of the nation have given birth to the layer of protests harming the US Capitol. After the victory of Democrats in the 2020 US Elections, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were about to take over the crumpling administration to bring their vision to existence. On the other hand, Trump was reluctant to concede to the huge defeat he faced and continuously framed a false narrative, misguiding the citizens and trembling their trust on one of the world's greatest democracy. The events that occured on Wednesday evening are plausible results of latent envy, ego and manipulation that he beholds.

World leaders reacted to the violence that broke out in the Capitol and sought the citizens to let the proceedings flow peacefully and legally. 4 protestors were shot dead in an attempt to suppress the revolt. Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi condemned the violence and took to his twitter handle saying, "Distressed to witness the headlines highlighting the violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue in Constitutional domain. The democratic procedures shouldn't be subverted by unlawful protests." The PM expressed his grief over the matter and his message entailed an appeal for peaceful and legal conduct.

Apart from Indian PM several other world leaders like UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres have expressed their shock and disdain over the incident, criticising the violence that stormed the symbol the nationhood. UK PM Boris Johnson tweeted, "Disgraceful vision of US Congress. It is difficult to sink in that the nation which stands for democracy around the world is struggling through such conflicts. Peaceful and orderly transfer of power is vital in this scenario."

Ardern on other hand quoted, "Whatever is happening is wrong and unacceptable. Democracy is the right of citizens to vote their representative, raise their voice and opinions and let decisions prevail peacefully. It should never be influenced by a mob." The terror prevalent in the capitol is testament to the potency of weapons called misinformation. UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric, said that in such adverse circumstances political leaders should exercise the influence and impact they possess on their followers to convince them for banishing violence and respecting democratic decorum and laws."

Countries like Australia alerted their citizens of the protests and imposed travel warnings to the USA. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison  termed the protests as "rather disturbing scenes" in the US. "The riots we've been getting vision of are really concerning and disturbing," he said after the US government resumed proceedings on Wednesday. "This is really a hard start of year for Australia and we, being their friend, expect nothing less than a peaceful transition of power to take place in the nation," he added. The public outrage shouldn't be left unheard or unaddressed but in a peaceful and legitimate manner.