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Posted: Thursday 7 January, 2021 at 11:19 AM

CARICOM Chair speaks on US Congress breach

By: Staff Reporter,

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - NEWLY-installed Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said the region is looking forward to a peaceful transmission of power following yesterday’s (Jan. 6) unrest in the United States Capitol.


    Rioting, looting and destruction marred yesterday’s certification of United States of America’s Electoral College votes, which gave President-elect Joe Biden the victory.


    Outgoing President Donald Trump led a rally outside of the White House, where thousands of his supporters turned up, and urged them to march on the Capitol to protest calling for the Congress to “stop the steal”.


    That led to thousands of persons storming the Capitol Building where the US House of Representatives and US Senate were separately debating objections to several states' electoral College votes.


    The major security breach, which is often seen in movies, created a nightmare for the country's top law enforcement agencies, political representatives and the country as a whole.


    Dr. Rowley, in a statement, said that CARICOM is deeply saddened and concerned at the unprecedented scenes that unfolded at the Capitol Building in Washington DC, USA, during the certification of the votes of the presidential elections by the US Congress.


    He explained that the storming of the US Congress was a “gross affront to democracy and the rule of law in a country which has been viewed as a leading light of representative governance the world over”.


    That breach resulted in four deaths, including a female, 52 arrests and injuries to 14bpolice officers.


    According to reports, a multi-agency investigation has started into how the breach occurred and those responsible for the callous act, which included many sitting in government offices, removing items, breaking windows and leaving an explosive item on the compound.


    “CARICOM looks forward to the restoration of order and the continuation of the process of transfer of power in a peaceful manner,” Dr. Rowley noted. 


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