• Tusitala Staff

International responses to the Capitol Hill riot take varying positions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivered speech broadcast by state television on Jan 7th, 2021

Another group displays regret on the event and takes a supportive gesture on the reconstruction of American democracy, which were usually countries operating under democratic organizations. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, for example, described the events in Washington D.C. as “terribly distressing, they’ve very concerning.” He added that “as a result, we are making some changes to our travel advice.” He went on to say: “This is a difficult time for the United States clearly, they’re a great friend of Australia and they’re one of the world’s greatest democracies. And so, we just, our thoughts are with them and we hope for that peaceful transition to take place.”

Some anti-democracy countries, however, take this incidence as a proof of the weakness of the system, condemning the US and pointing out the fundamental fallacy of its democracy. In article on China’s home page, the state-backed Global Times newspaper said: “Chinese web users still remember the distress and anger they felt when they saw rioters in Hong Kong storming the Legislative Council Complex, scrawling graffiti, smashing and robbing items, and, instead of condemning the violence, U.S. politicians hailed the ‘courage’ of these mobs.”

Sima Nan, a veteran Chinese journalist and television commentator with over two million followers in Weibo, mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reference to the large scale anti-government protests in Hong Kong in 2019 as a “beautiful sight to behold.” Said Nan: “The beautiful sight that [Pelosi] referred to is really here, and it’s even more beautiful.” Iran is another state with a similar viewpoint; during a televised speech Thursday on Iran’s state-run news agencies, President Hassan Rouhani called Trump a “sick person” who had disgraced his country. “What happened in the U.S. shows how fragile Western democracy is,” he said, according to CNN. “Despite all their scientific and industrial achievements, we see a huge influence of populism. When a sick person takes office, we see how he disgraces his country and creates troubles for the world.”


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