Amnesty International blasts Trump, labels him ‘instigator’ after Capitol riot
The well known worldwide rights group, the Amnesty International, has condemned US President Donald Trump for inciting the Capitol riots in Washington on Wednesday.
The rights group made it clear that Trump failed to act as a leader yesterday but rather chose to act as an ‘instigator’.
Recall that supporters of Trump had invaded Capitol during a joint session of Congress held to certify the electoral victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
The violence occured just hours after Trump held a rally with his supporters, where he informed them that he would never concede that he lost the election.
Already, four persons have been confirmed dead while scores were reportedly injured.
Congress leaders, however, reconvened after the riot and affirmed Biden’s Electoral College victory over Trump.
Bob Goodfellow, the Amnesty’s US Interim Executive Director, while reacting said, “President Trump’s refusal to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power has put human rights, public safety and the rule of law at grave risk in the United States.
“The President’s embrace of white supremacist groups and extremists has further fanned the flames of the chaos and violence we witnessed today. All U.S. officials must respect, protect, and fulfill human rights, including the right to be free from violence, intimidation, and racism.
“Amnesty International works for a world where all those in power respect the law, meet their human rights obligations, and are held to account when failing to do so.
“Across the world, we have witnessed the dire consequences of government officials who spread false information and incite racist or political violence to stay in power. The world is watching, and so are our more than 10 million supporters and members.
“This is a moment of reckoning for the United States. President Trump has repeatedly encouraged violence and disorder by his supporters. These are not the actions of a leader, but an instigator. All public officials must condemn the President’s words.”