13 Jan, 2021

Liberal leaders condemn attacks on Capitol Hill

Europe’s liberals have reacted strongly to last week’s unprecedented events in Washington, condemning any attacks against the democratic will of the people. On 6 January, a pro-Trump mob tried to stop the congressional confirmation of Joe Biden's Electoral College victory by violently storming the US Capitol building. The attack on the Capitol – considered as one of the most important democratic institutions worldwide – has shaken the world. These events are part of a longer list of extremist threats, which continue to grow in number abroad and at home in Europe and, therefore, we must continue to fight the lies in all elections and beyond to uphold the fabric of democracy.

Disinformation campaigns like Donald Trump’s election lies and the rampant spread of COVID-19 misinformation online are distorting the truth and undermining our efforts toward a free and open society.

In their statements after the events, liberal leaders from the ALDE Party family reaffirmed their commitment for democracy. Some of these reactions are collected below:

ALDE Party President, Hans van Baalen

President of the European Council, Charles Michel

Renew Europe Group Leader, Dacian Ciolos

Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo

Vice President of the European Parliament Nicola Beer


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