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Political leaders condemn 'horrifying' Capitol scenes

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Political leaders condemn 'horrifying' Capitol scenes

The UK's political leaders have condemned Wednesday night's scenes in Washington, which saw pro-Trump protesters breach the Capitol Building.

Footage from the United States showed supporters of the outgoing president storming the building on the day lawmakers were meeting to confirm Joe Biden's election victory.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who last night described the scenes as "utterly horrifying", said on television on Thursday morning that the Trump presidency had been "moving towards this moment" since it had started four years ago.

"On one level I think what happened last night, what we witnessed last night, is not that surprising," Sturgeon said on Good Morning Britain

"In some senses, Donald Trump's presidency has been moving towards this moment, almost from the moment it started.

"But that doesn't make it any less shocking. What we witnessed weren't just scenes of horrible breaches of law and order, people taking over the seat of democracy, but we actually witnessed the president of the United States inciting insurrection in his own country."

Police had been forced to lock down the building after supporters broke in, with proceedings in the House chamber suspended for a time.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the scenes were "disgraceful", tweeting: "The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power."

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross added: "No country founded on democratic values and the rule of law can tolerate behaviour like this."

Last night Richard Leonard, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, said the scenes were "appalling", adding this morning that "democracy will prevail".

Attentions now turn to what Trump's movements may be upon leaving office.

Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said the home secretary "should give serious consideration to denying him entry", should he travel to the UK.

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