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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday sharply criticised US President Donald Trump over the storming of the US Capitol a day earlier.
He said the violence had come from an armed mob, spurred on by a sitting president.
“The scenes we saw are the result of lies and yet more lies, of division and contempt for democracy, of hatred and rabble-rousing, including from the very highest level,” Steinmeier said in Berlin.
He described it as a historic turning point for the United States, and as an attack on liberal democracy as a whole.
“But I am sure that American democracy is stronger than this hatred,” he added.
He said it was a reminder of a demonstration outside the Reichstag in Berlin last August when a group of far-right protesters tried to storm the building following a demonstration against Germany’s pandemic restrictions, but were intercepted by police and forcibly removed.
“So I send this message to us all today: hatred and rabble-rousing endanger democracy, lies endanger democracy, violence endangers democracy,” Steinmeier said.
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