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Statement by Ambassador James Story on the Unrest in Washington, D.C.
January 7, 2021

Following a political rally yesterday afternoon, a violent mob attacked the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. While the freedom of speech and assembly are core, fundamental liberties of the American people enshrined in our Bill of Rights, the purpose of these rioters was to disrupt the certification of the democratic election of President-elect Joseph R. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris. This shameful, lawless effort was condemned by both major political parties and the rioters were removed. This morning, the United States Congress certified the results of the presidential election, and President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will be sworn into office on January 20, 2021.

We are a nation of laws. Yesterday, the United States Congress demonstrated that our laws are paramount and will be applied to uphold the will of the people. Likewise, those who attacked the U.S. Capitol yesterday will be held accountable in accordance with those same laws.

It is at times like this that we are reminded of the difference between nations that respect their constitutions, and those who see their founding documents as nothing more than scraps of paper to be disregarded at will. Yesterday was a reminder that democracy must be defended, and we look forward to the day when the people of Venezuela will also have the opportunity to vote in free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. We continue to support Interim President Juan Guaidó, the legitimate National Assembly, and the Venezuelan people striving to restore democracy to Venezuela.