Washington, January 7
In an unprecedented assault on democracy in the US, thousands of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol complex and clashed with the police, resulting in four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process by the Congress to affirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris.
Edit: Blot on US democracy
- Alleging poll fraud, Trump, in a December 20 tweet, had called his supporters for a “wild” rally on the day President-elect Biden’s victory was to be certified.
- At January 6 rally, he exhorted his supporters to “never give up” and march towards the Capitol.
Biden’s Certification process disrupted
- Armed protesters stormed the building, forcing Biden’s certification process to halt.
- Vice-President Mike Pence and Congress members were evacuated and the building was sealed.
- The mayhem left four persons, including a woman, dead. Fb, twitter ban Trump
WH officials resign
President Trump’s top White House adviser on Russia Ryan Tully quit over the storming of Capitol Hill. So have three others.
15-day Public emergency
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the extension of public emergency in the American capital for 15 days.
Iraq’s warrant against prez
An Iraq court issues arrest warrant against outgoing US Prez Donald Trump in connection with the killing of an Iranian General.
China likens it to HK stir
China likens the mob assault to that of Hong Kong protesters’ attack on the legislative building in 2019
RESPECT DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES
It is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence and respect democratic processes. UN chief
can’t subvert democracy
Distressed. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests. Narendra Modi, prime minister
The Electoral College votes of Biden and Harris were finally approved Thursday morning after the Senate and the House of Representatives rejected all objections raised by the Republicans to the votes in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
In the presidential election held on November 3, Biden and Harris received 306 electoral votes, while President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence got 232.
The 78-year-old Democratic leader and his 56-year-old Indian-origin deputy will be inaugurated on January 20, it was announced after the constitutional process was finally completed at a joint session of the Congress.
In the violence on Wednesday, four persons were killed, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting, the police said.
Trump later acknowledged his election loss. He said although he disagreed with the outcome, “there will be an orderly transition on January 20”. The Congress joint session, which is normally a ceremonial step, was halted for several hours when Trump supporters breached the Capitol. Proceedings resumed and continued through the night after the building was got cleared.
Vice-President Pence brought the Senate session back into order and proceeded with the verification process.
President-elect Joe Biden said, “The scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect a true America. What we’re seeing are a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent. It’s disorder. It’s chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end now.” House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy.” All four living former US Presidents — Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter—also condemned the incident.
World leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have expressed shock and concern over the rioting and violence in Washington DC.
Several US media outlets asserted that Donald Trump, whose “seditious rhetoric” incited a violent attack on the Capitol, is a “menace” and unfit to remain in the office and must be removed.
Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts after he continued to push conspiracy theories about the election. Twitter suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours and also blocked three of his tweets, including a video of his address to his supporters.
Facebook and Instagram announced to block the accounts of the President for the rest of his term (till January 20).
The FBI has sought the people’s help in identifying the rioters who stormed the US Capitol, as the Justice Department said on Thursday a policy adopted in the summer to consider sedition charges for anti-racism protesters would also apply in this case.— Agencies