Pacific Island leaders condemn violence in US Capitol



Pacific Island leaders condemned the violent acts of pro-Trump supporters, who stormed the U.S. Capitol Hill during a riot that killed four people Wednesday.


The mob attempted to stop the U.S. Congress from certifying Joe Biden's electoral college victory. Congress later resumed the disrupted proceedings, and declared Biden winner in the presidential elections.


“The sight of this was disturbing to all of us. But still, the American experiment has persevered. Order and safety is being restored at the Capitol, and the Congress is moving forward to certify the electoral college vote electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as our next President and Vice President,” Guam Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said.


"At this moment of profound division, the need to unite as a community and as a nation is more urgent than ever. We need to come together and stand strong for the values we all share as people,” she added.


In the CNMI, Gov. Ralp Torres joined elected leaders from around the country in denouncing the violent protests.


“Just like many of us, I was disappointed and saddened to see our Nation’s senators and representatives threatened and law enforcement officials overwhelmed by this unprecedented act in our capital,” Torres said.

“The peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our great republic. Today’s lawless and violent attempts to disrupt the certification of the Electoral College was an affront to our American democracy,” Torres added.