- BBC World News
Images of the assault on the US Capitol building on Wednesday stunned the world, even those who speculated that the departure of President Donald Trump would not be without obstacles.
Although a handful of Republicans even said they were proud of what happened and for being part of the protest, their vision represents only that of a minority.
The BBC spoke with both Democrats and Republicans to get the opinion of ordinary citizens on the facts.
These are some of their testimonials.
Simon believedor in Uganda during the civil war and became a US citizen last year. Emaster’s student and fatherSimon warns that while things may calm down, “democracy is not guaranteed.”
I am outraged but not surprised. I anticipated that this would happen and that it was a question of when, not whether or not it was going to happen.
I didn’t think it would happen in the capital. This is the president whose people – from the racial justice movement in the summer – said he was in favor of “law and order.”
So the people of “law and order” stormed the Capitol and swapped the American flag for the Trump flag.
History shows that that hasn’t happened in over 200 years, and that tells you how dangerous this man is.
In Uganda in November, when the opposition was arrested, people took to the streets and shot them. Here, in the summer, the Capitol building was protected and peaceful protests broke up.
Clearly (Trump supporters) have been organizing, we saw this was going to happen, but subconsciously, we didn’t think white people could be a threat.
That is the way of thinking of our country and how the forces of order saw it.
Taylor is a staunch Trump supporter and recently traveled to Washington DC for a pro-Trump rally after the election. Fotographer by profession, TaylorEastDisgusted by the riots, but believes unsubstantiated claims that left-wing radicals were behind the violence.
It was heartbreaking to see what was happening and the behavior of the protesters is not like that of the Trump people I have been with.
If (these acts of violence) came from a conservative, then I condemn them. There is no excuse for violence.
This does not change my support for Trump. People who love Trump are not going to change, regardless of whether or not they get a second term.
It just means that we are going to hold out until 2024 and hope that he will show up again or that his children will.
Our country is going to go downhill in the next four years if Biden takes office. In fact I am moving today from the city to the suburbs of a Republican county because I am afraid that the Democratic counties will end up under the presidency of Biden.
We are going to catapult ourselves towards socialism and communism. I am concerned about the future of the country, but regardless of who takes office, we have a lot to heal.
I hope that we can all find our common humanity and embrace each other when this is all over, which I hope will be soon.
A’Kayla is a college student who supports al movimiento Black Lives Matter. Segto her, the forces of order “they consented” to the violent protesters in the capitol. That is why he wants a police reform to be carried out, because he says that the policewas going it was a lot máis aggressive in protests to which she attended.
It’s so irritating that I can’t put into words how frustrating it is. They broke into the Capitol and the police were friendly and relaxed with them.
I expected the police to use force, but they were very kind and gentle. During the summer when the Black Lives Matter protests were taking place, many people were injured, locked up and lost their lives.
From my own experience, peacefully marching on the front line in Charleston, tear gas was fired at us and we had to put milk in our eyes. It was terrible. And for what? We marched for a cause, because the police killed someone. Why are (these protesters) upset? They are upset because we live in a democracy and they didn’t get away with it.
During one of the debates, when Trump said “back off and wait,” was that what he was talking about? This is the calm before the storm. I think it will get a lot uglier, but Kamala (Harris) and Joe (Biden) are symbolic of change and hope.
Like it or not (Trump supporters), America is moving closer to being a more progressive country and there will be a lot of change.
James is a longtime Republican who worked on Capitol Hill for the party for nearly two decades, but cast his first vote for a Democrat in the 2020 election. See qwas stunned with the events of January 6 and hopes that these becomen on a bad footnote in the country’s history.
I find it absolutely shocking. I didn’t think it would come to this.
In fact, he had thought of going to the protests with a sign that read “Republicans Against Trump.” My brother told me that if I had done that there would have been six dead, not five, and he could have been right.
I am amazed at the stupidity of these people who show up without masks being filmed. Many of them are going to prison. It is a serious situation when you go through a police barricade and enter a building that is supposed to be safe.
I have many friends who say that things cannot get worse, but I have to remind them, as a history student, that it has been worse.
The Civil War was much worse. There was a lot of violence in the south during the reconstruction period. This is something the country will overcome.
I was encouraged by President-elect Biden’s speech yesterday. We finally have someone who sounds presidential. We haven’t had it in the last four years.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.