Last updated on Thursday, 7 January 2021, 8:03 by Denis Chabrol
As hundreds of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in Washington DC to violate Joe Biden’s certification as the next President of the United States (US), Guyana’s Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Wednesday called for preserving democracy.
“I stand with those who maintain the rule of law, I call on the will of the elect to defeat, as democracy fights for survival in its most appalling global base,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Mr. Nandlall was also an active member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which had relied heavily on U.S. diplomatic support, among many other countries and international organizations, for the results of the recorded votes cast in March 2, 2020 general and regional elections to be used to declare his party the winner.
Neither the PPP nor the Guyana government have officially said anything about the political situation in the US.
The situation in the Capitol building eventually came under control and the US election results were eventually certified.
Ironically, it was the Donald Trump-led administration that had been at the forefront of several Western States and the American Provincial Organization (OAS) that had called for the peaceful transfer of power from David Granger’s A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change . (APNU + AFC) to the PPP.
APNU + AFC opposition legislator Sherod Duncan said on Wednesday night’s social media program that the event at Capitol Hill “looks like a Third World country.” Mr Duncan, referring to the convergence of many ardent PPP supporters at the Division Four Return Office in the Ashmin Building on Hadfield and High Street, noted that the US had played a vital role in Guyana’s electoral process. Mr Duncan described Mr Trump’s allegations of fraud as “bizarre” and went on to observe that “America has a major role to play in the outcome of our election.”
At the height of the unrest, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday that “Canada is deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbor. Violence will never succeed in disregarding the will of the people. Democracy must be maintained in the US – and it will be. ”
United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Twitter, “The United States is rightly proud of its democracy, and there can be no justification for these violent attempts to block a lawful and proper transfer of power.” Hours later after the disruption erupted, Mr Raab added, “After yesterday’s shocking events, it was good to see the resumption of the US Congress and the endorsement of President Elect Biden’s victory. It sends an important message that the actions of a violent minority cannot challenge or overturn the democratic will of the US people. The UK unequivocally condemns yesterday’s violence. ”
The OAS also condemned what Mr Biden described as a “rebellion”, saying it amounted to an attack on democracy. “The OAS General Secretariat condemns and condemns the attack against organizations run today in the United States by protesters who disavow recent election results. Democracy as a fundamental pillar has the independence of the State’s powers, which must operate completely free of pressure. The exercise of force and vandalism against the institutions is a serious attack against democratic action. ”
Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the OAS, Ambassador Ronald Sanders, however, criticized that hemispheric organization for condemning the US President and his allies. “Finally, a statement. But no condemnation of the politicians behind these protests and operations in an effort to remain in power defying democracy and the will of the people. The protesters were heartened and funded, ”Guyana-born Sanders said on the OAS Twitter feed in direct response to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro.
Mr. Almagro is considered pro-Trump in some quarters.
Venezuela and Argentina have also publicly expressed concerns about the now-normalized situation in the US.