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MAE on protests in Washington: Capitol Hill violence disquieting and unacceptable

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The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) sent a message on Twitter on Wednesday night in the context of the protests in Washington, showing that "Capitol Hill violence is disquieting and unacceptable."

"The violence on Capitol Hill in Washington DC is disquieting and unacceptable. We have confidence in US democracy, which should remain a global model, and we are confident that the situation will soon deescalate to allow the resumption of vote validation," the MAE said on Twitter.

Thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump rallied in front of the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday and tore down several security barriers, leading to clashes with police and chaotic scenes in front of the US Congress, where Congressmen met to officially validate Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.

 

În this context, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Barna said Wednesday night that what is happening now in the United States shows that "nothing of what democracy means is definitely won."

"What is happening now in the United States shows us that nothing, absolutely nothing that means democracy is definitively won. At any moment things can run back. What is happening now in the United States shows us that every day and every moment of democracy in a country must be permanently and continuously defended and guarded by involvement and participation. The fact that we now see in America of all dreams images similar to the memories of 30 years ago in our Romania is the most eloquent proof that every generation must fight for its piece of freedom and democracy," Barna wrote on Facebook.

He expressed his solidarity with the American people, as well as his conviction that the United States would succeed in overcoming this moment.

"I have no doubt that America will get over this moment as Romania went through the similar traumas of the '90s. History has this bad habit of repeating itself in one place or another. Solidarity and support for the American people," Dan Barna said.

According to the co-chair of the Save Romania Union - Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR PLUS), Dacian Ciolos, the images from the United States are reminiscent of the 'Miners' Rampage' in Romania and are a painful warning that excess and lack of balance in behaviour and speech are dangerous for any country.

"Democracy is vulnerable when we do not value and defend it every day. Violence can in no way and never defend or strengthen democracy. It can only compromise it. We now see the consequences of the poisoning of populism and the divisions sown by Donald Trump. The images in the United States are reminiscent of the Miners' Rampage in Romania and are a painful warning that excess and lack of balance in behaviour and speech are dangerous for any country. If it can happen in the US, it can happen anywhere. Full support for our American friends dedicated to democracy and the rule of law. Nothing can be less American than what is happening now in Washington,'' Ciolos wrote on Facebook on Wednesday night.

 

In his turn, Marcel Ciolacu, the leader of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), said he was concerned about the events in Washington."The US democracy deserves more. It is time to be responsible. This is what happens when one individual wants all power and divides society." 

 

He also argued that refusing to accept the results of elections has turned into a practice of right-wing politicians, including in Romania. "The abuse of power and disregarding the results of elections has become a practice of right-wing politicians, including in Romania. I am convinced the US democracy will overcome this. I salute the serious discourse and the appeal to calm of president-elect Joe Biden," Ciolacu wrote in a Facebook post.

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