Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is among world leaders who have responded to the Donald Trump-incited violence that happened on Capitol Hill in the United States of America.
Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill, where Congress convened to validate Joe Biden’s presidential win leaving US allies in shock and dismay, describing the insurrection as a huge blow to democracy.
The former president of Botswana, Ian Seretse Khama, said January 6th 2021 will go down in American history as a day when a power-hungry man launched an army of thugs into the seat of democracy to protest his election defeat.
He added that the USA, which presents itself as the greatest democracy on earth, “gave up that title yesterday” when Donald Trump, who for four years has demonstrated blatant disregard and disrespect for the constitution, for people and democracy, unleashed another attempt to stay in power.
Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said the “shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the violence “made me angry and sad,” adding that she “deeply regret that since November, President Trump has not accepted that he lost… creating an atmosphere that made the events of last night possible.”
Boris Johnson said he “unreservedly condemns” the US president’s actions. He said Trump’s refusal to accept the outcome of the November election triggered the violence.
Some leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seem to have avoided blaming Trump over the incident.
Meanwhile, U.S. adversaries are seemingly scoring points. President Mnangagwa posted on Twitter saying it is ironic that America imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe over alleged disputed elections when they are also struggling in that regard. He said:
Last year, President Trump extended painful economic sanctions placed on Zimbabwe, citing concerns about Zimbabwe’s democracy. Yesterday’s events showed that the U.S. has no moral right to punish another nation under the guise of upholding democracy. These sanctions must end.
I’d like to once again congratulate President-elect @JoeBiden on his confirmation as the 46th President of the United States. Zimbabwe is, as it always has been, ready to work together as friends and partners with the U.S for the benefit of both our peoples.
Hua Chunying, China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson, on Thursday tried to draw parallels between the U.S. riot on Capitol Hill and pro-democracy unrest in Hong Kong that took place two years ago, which saw large crowds storm and vandalize legislative buildings in the Chinese city.
The USA has a trickle-down effect on the world and the unprecedented incident can be topical on the geopolitics arena for a considerable period of time.