France 24
France 24 7 Jan 2021

How security failures enabled Trump mob to storm US Capitol

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The bloody #chaos inside the #US #Capitol on Wednesday came after the #police force that protects the legislative complex was overrun by a mob of #Trump supporters in what law enforcement officials called a catastrophic failure to prepare. The siege of the Capitol, home to both the US Senate and the House of Representatives, represents one of the gravest security lapses in recent US history, current and former law enforcement officials said. FRANCE 24's Chief Foreign Affairs Editor explains.


Supporters of outgoing US president Donald Trump have attempted to storm the Capitol building to support his latest effort to overturn his election defeat. They're calling for President Trump to remain in office, citing unsubstantiated claims of widespread election fraud. Protests became increasingly violent, as crowds breached a barricade and scaled the steps of the Capitol building. Some protesters reportedly entered the building, which has been put on lockdown. Congress is currently in session to certify Joe Biden's presidential victory. But several Republican Senators have challenged the tally of electoral college votes. President Trump spoke at the rally earlier and called on fellow Republicans to reject the presidential election results - claiming Mike Pence should single-handedly overturn Biden's win.
#World #leaders reacted with shock to the storming of the #US Capitol building by enraged supporters of US President Donald #Trump who are unable or unwilling to accept that he lost the November 3 election to Democrat Joe Biden. The Congress was in the process of certifying Biden's win, with some objections from Republicans, when the siege began. 
Leaders around the world watched in disbelief as the chaos unfolded in Washington, where supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol. Many have condemned the violence and called for democracy to be respected. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron gave their reactions, and DW spoke to people on the street in Germany.
Around the world, there was disbelief at the scenes that unfolded in the Capitol:
-Germany's Bild newspaper talked of a "coup attempt" - and a "moment of great shame"
-In Britain, the Daily Telegraph minced no words: "Democracy under siege"
-The picture of Trump supporters storming the Capitol dominated the United Arab Emirates' Gulf News daily.
-The Nigerian Tribune offered this blistering verdict: "Trump supporters defile democracy."
-China compared the storming of the Capitol with pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
Congress confirmed Democrat Joe #Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald #Trump stormed the #US #Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Trump in the White House.

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