While most of the major world leaders and countries expressed shocked and disappointment at the situation in Capitol, some countries took the opportunity to throw some punches at United States for failing to manage its own democracy.
Here’s how China, Russia and Iran, three countries always at loggerheads with US, reacted to the news.
The Chinese state media tabloid Global Times drew a comparision between the Hong Kong protests and the American unrest, picking up on Nancy Pelosi’s “beautiful sight” remark at the height of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
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“Words like ‘Karma’, ‘retribution’ and ‘deserving’ were frequently mentioned in Chinese netizens’ comments when they saw the latest episode of the US’ real version of The House of Cards,” said a report in the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s English tabloid, the Global Times.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying also brought up Speaker Pelosi’s comment in her reaction to the rioting at Capitol.
“The mainstream media in the US are condemning the incident, using words like ‘violence,’ ‘thugs,’ ‘extremists,’ and ‘disgrace.’ What words did they use to describe HK? ‘Beautiful sight to behold,’ and ‘fighters of democracy’,” she said.
“Many Chinese netizens are wondering why some politicians and media in the US reacted so differently to a similar situation,” Hua said.
Russia, often accused of meddling in US’s elections and orchestrating hacking attempts, said the American democracy is “limping.”
“American democracy is obviously limping on both feet. … This, alas, is actually the bottom. I say this without a shadow of gloating,” said Konstantin Kosachev, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia’s upper house of parliament.
“America no longer charts a course and therefore has lost all rights to set it – and even more so to impose it on others.”
‘Western democracy fragile, vulnerable’
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in his reaction to the violence at Washington, said the chaos unleashed by US counterpart Donald Trump’s supporters exposed the fragility of Western democracy.
“What we saw in the United States yesterday (Wednesday) evening and today shows above all how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast by state television.
“We saw that unfortunately the ground is fertile for populism, despite the advances in science and industry.
He urged the new administration “to make up (for the past) and restore the country to a position worthy of the American nation, because the American nation is a great nation”.