America’s Friends Express Horror and Shock as Capitol Attack ‘Shakes the World’

BERLIN — As an upset crowd stormed the heart of the globe’s most effective freedom, the remainder of the globe viewed the once-unimaginable scenes unraveling in Washington with discouragement and also shock.

And most of those complying with online programs of armed militants compeling their method right into the U.S. Capitol saw a caution for all the globe’s freedoms: If this can take place in the United States, it can take place anywhere.

“We currently witness an attack on the very fundaments of democratic structures and institutions,” claimed Peter Beyer, the German federal government’s organizer for trans-Atlantic events, that was seeing the scenes from Washington survive TELEVISION. “This is not merely a U.S. national issue, but it shakes the world, at least all democracies.”

As stunning as the physical violence on Wednesday was, some were not absolutely shocked that the Trump presidency was finishing such as this, in a convulsion of disorder.

“This is what happens when you sow hatred,” Stéphane Séjourné, a participant of the European Parliament and also close ally of President Emmanuel Macron of France, wrote on Twitter. “Let us defend and protect our democracy, because it cannot be taken for granted.”

Several leaders straight criticized President Trump for the physical violence.

“The peaceful transfer of power is the cornerstone of every democracy. A lesson once taught to the world by the USA,” the German vice-chancellor, Olaf Scholz, wrote. “It is a disgrace that Donald Trump is undermining it by inciting violence and destruction.”

Jeremy Hunt, a Conservative previous international assistant in the United Kingdom, claimed on Twitter that Mr. Trump “shames American democracy tonight & causes its friends anguish but he is not America.”

Even the Secretary General of NATO took the uncommon action of considering in on a residential problem in a participant state. “Shocking scenes in Washington, D.C.,” Jens Stoltenberg composed in a tweet. “The outcome of this democratic election must be respected.”

For lots of international leaders, the scenes in America likewise raised anxious mirrors of current strikes on freedom in the house.

Heiko Maas, the German international priest attracted a parallel in between the storming of the Capitol and also the current effort by a crowd of reactionary German militants to get in the Reichstag, the structure that houses Germany’s Parliament.

“Inflammatory words will lead to acts of violence — on the steps of the Reichstag, and now in the Capitol,” Mr. Mass wrote on Twitter. “The contempt for democratic institutions has a devastating effect.”

“The enemies of democracy will be happy about these unbelievable pictures from Washington D.C.,” Mr. Mass included.

And they were.

In Russia, the physical violence fit nicely right into the Kremlin’s publicity story of a falling apart American freedom. Russia’s state-controlled information network, Rossiya-24, relayed the disorder in the Capitol on a split display, one side revealing satisfied Orthodox Christmas celebrations in Russia, the various other the terrible trouble in Washington.

Footage of bloodied Americans pushing the ground remembered the network’s insurance coverage of American-backed road objections in Ukraine in the wintertime of 2013-14, enhancing Russia’s message that the United States is currently collecting in the house the terrible fruit of its very own international meddling.

The globe’s strongmen and also totalitarians “must be in euphoric and celebratory mood,” wrote Yossi Melman, an author for Haaretz, the Israeli paper. “The glorified democracy in the world is in shambles like a third world country.”

Concern regarding the message the physical violence would certainly send out regarding the frailty of American freedom prevailed.

“As Mexicans, what is surprising is that for the first time the United States, which has been an example of democracy, is becoming the counterexample of it,” claimed Ana Paula Ordorica, a Mexican paper writer and also tv host, that covered the U.S. political election in November for Televisa. “This is something that normally, the U.S. would watch happen in another country.”

Amid the expressions of scary and also issue, there were likewise some enthusiastic voices, firmly insisting that this was a last convulsion of the Trump presidency instead of the start of completion of Western freedom.

“I trust in the strength of America’s democracy,” tweeted Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of Spain. “The new Presidency of@JoeBiden will overcome this time of tension, uniting the American people.”

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece acknowledged, tweeting: “American democracy is resilient, deeply rooted and will overcome this crisis.”

Melissa Eddy and also Christopher F. Schuetze added reporting from Berlin; Andrew Higgins and also Anton Troianovski from Moscow; Natalie Kitroeff and also Oscar Lopez from Mexico City; Aurelien Breeden from Paris; David M. Halbfinger, Isabel Kershner and also Adam Rasgon from Jerusalem; and also Matina Stevis-Gridneff and also Steven Erlanger from Brussels.