Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the US Capitol
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser holds a news conference after pro-Trump protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
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. A violent mob loyal to President Donald #Trump stormed the #US Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. Who are these Trump #supporters? Former President Donald Trump is out of office after two impeachments, numerous scandals and an insurrection. 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.