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Boris Johnson, Justin Trudeau, others condemn US Capitol invasion

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The Prime Minister of the United Kindom, Boris Johnson, his Canadian counterpart, Justin Trudeau, and other world leaders have condemned the invasion of the US Capitol Hill building.

Disturbing scenes from the US capital, Washington DC, showed how pro-Trump protesters strormed and invaded the U.S Capitol Hill building as debate over certifying the election was taking place inside the building.

The protesters were triggered by the President Donald Trump’s statemednt during a rally which he held earlier outside the White House.

The rally was timed to protest lawmakers gathering Wednesday to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral win and at his own event, Trump encouraged his supporters to continue demonstrating against Congress, claiming incorrectly that Vice President Mike Pence holds the power to overturn the election results, accoridng to Techcrunch.

ABC News reports that the protesters, some of who were seen wearing body armor, made their way up the steps around 2:15 p.m. ET, pushing through barricades, officers in riot gear and other security measures put in place in anticipation of the protest.

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However, an unverified video posted on Twitter showed some police officers abandoning the barricades as rioters made their way into the premise.

Wuzup Nigeria reported earlier that a woman who was shot inside the Capitol and rushed to the hospital has been confirmed dead by the DC Police Department.

Reacting to the scenes of his verified Twitter acocund, Johnson said : “Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress. The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”

His Canadian counterpart, Trudeau also commented via his verified Twitter account saying: “Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the scenes as “very distressing”.

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“We condemn these acts of violence and look forward to a peaceful transfer of Government to the newly elected administration in the great American democratic tradition,” Morrison added.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez:

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg:

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon:

However, in a video uploaded on social media, Trump maintained that the election was stolen from him but ordered his loyalists to return home.

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“I know you’re in pain, I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us,” he said, repeating a false claim in the 1-minute pre-recorded video. “But you have to go home now.”





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