'Disbelief,' 'Terrifying,' 'Astonishing': Belgium reacts to US riots

'Disbelief,' 'Terrifying,' 'Astonishing': Belgium reacts to US riots
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Belgian leaders - alongside the rest of the world - have taken to Twitter late on Wednesday evening to react to violent riots in Washington DC.

In statements ranging from emotional to wordless, politicians from across the country commented on the incident, which saw pro - Trump protesters fight their way past police to breach the US Capitol, demanding that the results of the presidential election be overturned.

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo condemned violent riots at and around the US Capitol building, taking the time to restate his support for President-elect Joe Biden. 

Tweeting in French, Minister-President of Wallonia Elio Di Rupo called the situation on Capitol Hill is "terrifying." "Let us never forget that democracy and freedoms won remain fragile. The democratic process and institutions must, in all circumstances, be respected," he tweeted.

Jan Jambon, Minister-President of Flanders tweeted in Dutch "Astonishing what's going on in Washington. Totally unworthy of a democracy. I hope that peace will soon return to the United States."

Brussels Mayor Philippe Close said the American people deserved better. "The American people are great and deserve better than what is going on. We also have to draw our conclusions about the current populistic tendencies in our democracies. Let's remain vigilant and act for the greater good. #Capitol"

Mayor of Antwerp and leader of the NVA party Bart De Wever went for a wordless reaction - tweeting the US flag emoji alongside a video from Ronald Regan's inauguration - drawing criticism in the comments that he had not said more.

Former Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès also commented earlier in the evening, saying the act shows the extent of the task that lies ahead of Biden.

European Council President Charles Michel - another former Belgian PM - too was shocked by events.

Jules Johnston

The Brussels Times

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