Top UN officials saddened at mob violence during US Capitol breach; Bachelet decries ‘incitement’ by political leaders

Top UN officials, including the Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly have expressed sadness over the violence that erupted on Wednesday when supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol building, temporarily bringing to a halt the disputed certification of November’s presidential election result. More

Note to correspondents on the situation in Washington, D.C.

In answers to questions asked about the situation in Washington DC, the Spokesman had the following to say:

The Secretary-General is saddened by the events at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

New York, 6 January 2021