- “I deeply regret that President Trump has not conceded his defeat, since November and again yesterday,” she said.
- At least four people died in the invasion of the Capitol, police announced
- Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Thursday criticized “populism.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said that she was “sad” and “furious” at the invasion of the Capitol in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump, and reiterated that the outgoing president should be held responsible for the fracas. The German chancellor spoke to news reporters yesterday.
“I deeply regret that President Trump has not conceded his defeat, since November and again yesterday,” she said. Chancellor Merkel believes that “doubts about the election outcome were stoked and created the atmosphere that led to the events of last night possible.”
Supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump clashed with officials and stormed the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, while members of Congress were meeting to formalize the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden, in the elections held in November last year.
At least four people died in the invasion of the Capitol, police announced, and said that both security forces and Donald Trump supporters used chemicals during the building’s occupation.
In addition to 14 wounded police officers, two of them in serious condition, more than 50 arrests were made.
Biden’s Victory Ratified
That day, the United States Congress ratified Joe Biden’s victory in the November presidential election, in the last step before his forthcoming swearing-in on January 20.
Republican Vice President Mike Pence validated the vote of 306 electoral votes in favor of the Democrat against 232 for outgoing President Donald Trump at the end of a joint session marked by the invasion of Trump supporters.
United States President-elect Joe Biden described the violent protests as “an unprecedented attack on democracy” in the country, and urged Donald Trump to end the violence.
Shortly after, President Trump asked his supporters and protesters who invaded the Capitol to go “home peacefully,” but maintained that the presidential elections weren’t free or fair.
Facebook and Twitter temporarily suspended Donald Trump’s account following the violence that ensued on Capitol Hill.
The European Commission, as well as governments of several other countries, have been unanimous in their condemnation of the violence, and called upon outgoing President Donald Trump to concede defeat.
Rouhani: Western Democracy “Fragile, Vulnerable”
Elsewhere, Iranian President Hassan Rohani on Thursday criticized “populism,” referring to supporters of the American head of state, who invaded the Capitol in Washington.
“What we saw in the United States [Wednesday] evening and today shows above all how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is,” he said in a speech broadcast by state television.
“We saw that unfortunately the ground is fertile for populism, despite the advances in science and industry. . . A populist has arrived and he has led his country to disaster over these past four years. . . I hope the whole world and the next occupants of the White House will learn from it.”
President Rouhani, a critic of the outgoing president, said that he hoped for a change of direction from the incoming Joe Biden-led administration.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser extended the state of public emergency in the capital for another 15 days, until after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20.