Washington unrest: Modi ‘distressed’ at events

Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday expressed shock at the chaos that unfolded in the US Capitol late on Wednesday.

In a tweet, he said, “Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests”.

Protesters supporting outgoing US president Donald Trump, swarmed the Capitol on Wednesday, putting it on lockdown, as Vice President Mike Pence rebuffed the president’s demand to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden and the Senate’s Republican leader denounced a bid in Congress to undo the election outcome.

Reports said, Trump supporters overturned barricades and clashed with police on the US Capitol grounds and streamed inside the building. The demonstrations flared as lawmakers met inside to formally certify Biden’s victory over Trump in the 3 November election.

Law enforcement authorities struggled to maintain order and National Guard troops were deployed. President-elect Joe Biden called the proceedings as ‘chaos’ and ‘disorder’.


NT Bureau