Pompeo condemns storming of Capitol

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – January 8, 2021
NEW YORK (United States): The United States (US) secretary of state Mike Pompeo in his tweets, Thursday, condemned the unprecedented storming of Capitol — meeting place of US congress and the seat of the legislative branch of US federal government — by hundreds of far-right activists who breached security, damaged the national asset and encroached parts of the building for several hours as they demanded the US president Donald Trump to carry on for another four years in government.

He lamented, “The storming of the US Capitol is unacceptable. Lawlessness and rioting — here or around the world — is always unacceptable” educating “I have travelled to many countries and always support the right of every human being to protest peacefully for their beliefs and their causes.”

US secretary of state Pompeo grieved, “But violence, putting at risk the safety of others including those tasked with providing security for all of us, is intolerable both at home and abroad” adding “Let us swiftly bring justice to the criminals who engaged in this rioting.”

He concluded, “America is better than what we saw today at a place where I served as a member of Congress and saw firsthand democracy at its best.”

Separately, US vice president (VP) Mike Pence in his tweets urged, “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol must stop and it must stop now” pleading “Anyone involved must respect law enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.”

He concluded, “Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Meanwhile, the US president-elect Joe Biden in his tweets stated, “Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are” lashing “What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end.”

He demanded, “I call on president Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the Constitution by demanding an end to this siege.”

US president-elect Biden grieved, “America is so much better than what we’re seeing today.”

He concluded, “Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile. To preserve it requires people of good will, leaders with the courage to stand up, who are devoted not to pursuit of power and personal interest at any cost, but to the common good.”

According to a press release, the Turkish foreign office (FO), Thursday, noted, “We are following with concern the internal developments happening in the US following the presidential elections which culminated in the Capitol Hill building being breached by protesters.”

It continued, “We call on all parties in the US to maintain restraint and prudence. We believe the US will overcome this internal political crisis in a mature manner.”

Turkish FO statement concluded, “We advise Turkish citizens in the US to avoid crowded areas and places where protests are taking place.”

According to a press release, the United Nations (UN) secretary general spokesman Stephane Dujarric, Thursday, said, “The secretary-general is saddened by the events at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C.”

He mentioned, “In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law.”

According to a press release, the Norwegian FO, Thursday, noted, “The situation in Washington DC is deeply disturbing and alarming, and an unacceptable attack on democracy.”

The Norwegian statement continued, “President Trump has a particular responsibility to ensure that the situation comes under control” stressing “The Congress must be able to fulfil its mandate in accordance with the constitution.”

It concluded, “It is at the very core of a democratic society that the losing party acknowledges the defeat.”