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Global swan song for US democracy

Asia: between solidarity and glee

In the China English-language daily newspaper "Global Times", which is under the direct control of the Chinese Communist Party, acts as the mouthpiece of the Chinese people. The headline is: "Chinese Internet Users ridicule the riots at the US Capitol as 'karma' and say that the bubbles of 'democracy and freedom' have burst. "

The Global Times also visually equated Hong Kong and Washington on its website

The article draws a parallel with Hong Kong: while in the USA the demonstrators in Hong Kong were praised as democratic, the events in Washington were considered "lawless" and unacceptable "insurrection". Nowhere was it mentioned that in the USA the election results, as recently in Georgia, are recognized and ultimately implemented, while there are no free elections in Hong Kong.

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister India, expressed concern on Twitter and called for an orderly and peaceful transfer of power.

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The media in Iran almost consistently pour ridicule and malice about their archenemy on their social media accounts. The US, which claims to bring democracy to the Middle East, should first defend its own democracy, it is said. "What we have seen in the US shows how weak Western democracy is," said Hassan Rouhani, Iran's President, on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting.

Arab world: Corrosive ridicule

In the Middle East, politicians are largely reluctant to react. The former Tunisian Foreign Secretary Rafik Ben Abdessalem tweeted that Trump was acting just like his dictator friends in the region. The US was supposed to "bring democracy to the Middle East region but was hit by the curse of Al-Sisi and Bin Sayed".

The Palestinian politician Hanan Ashrawi compared Trump with a despot and lamented the "surrealistic scenes". "While the people of Palestine and many other parts of the world are fighting for democracy, there are those in the US who are actively sabotaging it," she wrote.

The egyptian MP and journalist Mustafa Bakri urged the US police to show restraint towards the demonstrators and sarcastically mimicked previous US condemnations of the autocratically ruled Egypt: "Where are the international human rights organizations?"

Many others in the Arab world also see parallels with their own countries. Saad Qais, a former Iraqi Soccer star, who now lives in Norway, wrote that Iraq could send troops to save American democracy. "This is how we pay the debt back to our friends," he joked.

Russia: swan song for the USA

When Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in Washington, it was Of Russia President Vladimir Putin at a religious service in a monastery on Orthodox Christmas Eve. A State Department spokeswoman said the events were an internal US affair. However, she pointed out that the US electoral system was "archaic", did not meet "modern democratic standards" and created "opportunities for numerous violations".

Putin during the Christmas service

Konstantin Kosachev, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Federation Council, the Russian Chamber of States, became clearer: "The celebration of democracy is over," he wrote on Facebook. "America is no longer a pioneer and has lost any right to set the direction, let alone to impose it on others."

Africa: Silent Governments

In contrast to the majority of silent African heads of state and government, demanded Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa put an end to the US sanctions Washington imposed over his country's democratic deficits. "The US has no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of promoting democracy."

Many Africans react with sarcasm on social media. "Trump should take off his mask and say which African country he comes from," wrote a Twitter user from Zambia.

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    Something is brewing

    The number of fanatical Trump supporters outside the U.S. Capitol grew throughout the day. First of all, the security forces manage to keep them at a distance.

  • Trump supporters storm US Capitol

    First clashes

    At the same time as the joint meeting of both chambers of congress, i.e. the Senate and the House of Representatives, at which the result of the election of Joe Biden as US President is to be officially confirmed, supporters of the elected Donald Trump gather in front of the Capitol. There are first clashes with police officers who are supposed to shield the Capitol.

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    Too weak a cordon

    But the increasingly angry crowd wants to get to the Capitol. Policemen try to stop them. Some aggressive Trump supporters manage to get into the building.

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    Storming the Capitol

    Some demonstrators manage to penetrate deep into the building: right up to the doors of the Senate.

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    Defense of the last bastion

    Security guards try to keep the rioters at bay in the entrance hall. The politicians in the Senate are brought to safety through a second exit.

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    One comes through

    Meanwhile, a Trump supporter manages to get past the security forces and storm into the Senate. He jumps from the visitors' gallery into the plenary hall.

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    Guns at the ready

    The same picture in the other wing of the Capitol. The second Chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives, is also the target of the intruders. Capitol security officials stop them - guns drawn.

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    Hostile takeover?

    Nevertheless, Trump supporters are penetrating deeper and deeper - also into the office corridors of the Capitol. There they spread around the desks of MPs.

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    Out of control

    One of the intruders lets House Chairwoman Nancy Pelosi's lectern go with him and carries it through the Capitol. Nobody can stop him.

  • Trump supporters storm US Capitol

    Take cover

    The plenary chambers are cleared. Some seek refuge in the gallery of the House of Representatives. As one reporter reported, gas masks are being distributed - as protection against tear gas.

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    Gas plumes on Capitol Hill

    The security forces have no choice but to use tear gas to break up the angry crowd.

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    Large contingent ends chaos at the Capitol

    The police force is strengthened, the National Guard rushes to help and the mayor imposes a night curfew, which lasts until 6 a.m. So Washington slowly comes to rest in the evening.

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In many cases, however, there is consternation. On DW-Kisuaheli Facebook page, user Hamad Said wrote of a "great shame for the American nation that calls itself the mother of democracy in the world". The former opposition leader in South African Parliament, Mmusi Maimane, said on Twitter: "As Africans we call on the US to respect democracy and the rule of law and to allow a peaceful transfer of power."

Latin America: Confidence in a Peaceful Transition

Argentina President Alberto Fernandez condemned the violence and reiterated support for President-elect Joe Biden. Trust in a peaceful transition.

Almost at the same time and very similarly expressed themselves President of Chile Sebastian Piñera and the Colombian President Iván Duque on Twitter.

In Venezuela the reaction turned out to be far more smug. In an official communiqué, President Maduro's administration expressed its “concern” about the violence in Washington: "With this unfortunate incident, the United States is suffering the same thing that it has caused in other countries with its policies of aggression. Venezuela hopes the Violence will soon end and a new path to stability and social justice can finally be opened up for the American people. "

Brazil Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro remains loyal to his ally Trump. "What was the problem that basically caused this whole crisis? Lack of confidence in the election," he told supporters in Brasília. Bolsonaro also warned that a similar chaos could also threaten the presidential election in Brazil next year.

Venezuela's head of state Nicolas Maduro (l.) And Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

In Mexico neither President Andrés Manuel López Obrador nor his Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard commented on the events. However, the reports of the storming of the US parliamentary seat occupied a large area in the Mexican media. The statement of the former US President George W. Bush and its comparison with the situation in Washington as in a "banana republic" was quoted and ironically commented.