Capitol Hill siege draws condemnation, sarcasm

Countries around the world are condemning the storming of US Capitol Hill by supporters of President Donald Trump.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "in so far as he encouraged people to storm the Capitol, and in so far as the president has consistently cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election, I believe that was completely wrong."

French President Emmanuel Macron said in a video message that "in one of the world's oldest democracies, supporters of an outgoing president take up arms to challenge the legitimate results of an election."

Macron said a "universal idea of 'one person, one vote' is undermined."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the images of the storming made her angry and sad. She also said she "regrets very much that President Trump not acknowledged his defeat since November."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the incident shows "how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is," adding that "a populist has arrived and he has led his country to disaster over these past four years."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova told local media that "the electoral system in the United States is archaic and doesn't meet modern democratic standards."

The speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, Vyacheslav Volodin, said those who like to refer to the US as an example of democracy have to reconsider the views.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters that when demonstrators in Hong Kong stormed the Legislative Council in 2019, police maintained restraint and no one died in the incident.

Hua said US media are calling the storming of the Capitol a violent incident and denouncing protesters as rioters and a disgrace, but some US officials, lawmakers and media outlets called Hong Kong demonstrators heroes.

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide told reporters on Friday that he hopes that American people will unite under the incoming president, Joe Biden.