Just a few hours after a rally by US President Donald Trump at Washington DC, his supporters stormed Capitol Hill.
According to reports from international media, his supporters tore down barricades at the bottom of Capitol’s steps. Even though there was substantial police in riot gear, they appeared to do little as the rioters stormed the Senate. Violence was reported from inside the building too, it is reported. At the time of publishing, Twitter and Facebook had blocked Donald Trump’s account for 12 hours.
Here are some of the Twitter reactions.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is considered a good friend of Donald Trump and had also shown vocal support for Trump’s campaign with the “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar” slogan, expressed concern at the violence in Washington.
Modi tweeted, “Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests.”
One person was fatally shot during the violence that took place in Capitol Hill, it is confirmed. The woman was a former US army veteran.
Former US President Barack Obama blamed Trump for inciting violence. “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonor and shame for our nation,” he said.
Netizens were quick to point out how the police were treating the protesters versus the police’s behaviour when dealing with black and other minority protesters.
People also mentioned the soft approach of the security agencies vis-a-vis their crackdown against protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, who was killed by a US cop in broad daylight.
Wednesday’s events even led to former fans of Donald Trump calling him out for his reckless behaviour. British Journalist Piers Morgan, who was known as a Trump supporter, asked Trump to “admit you lost the election, and call off this insanity”.