P.M. condemns riot at U.S. Capitol

By Joyetter Feagaimaali'i 13 January 2021, 1:00PM

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has weighed in on rioters taking over the Capitol Building in America, condemning their actions as shocking.

“I am shocked to the extent of what occurred in America last week," Tuilaepa said.

"The outgoing President Donald Trump during his speech before his supporters continued to claim the election was rigged and it was stolen from his administration."

Overseas media reported the four people died after the authorities secured the U.S. Capital over last week. 

According to the A.P. angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol last week in a protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. 

“This is a country where there are countless of professors yet, this man made his way to be President of the U.S.A.," Tuilaepa said.

“[Trump] announced the election was stolen from him, but how can anyone steal an election?"

He further questioned why that hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers around perimeter of the Capitol, and the police were not doing their job. 

“This is a major issue," Tuilaepa said.

“America is one of the respected countries around the globe, yet look at what is happening. The Capitol along with its leaders was under attack by members of the public.

“Now the legislative arm will be conducting an investigation against the Police in their role during the riots. And from what is being said, that if these rioters were black they would have been gunned down. 

“And because the rioters were caucasians, the police officers at the scene were taking photos with them instead of doing their job."

He then turned to Samoa’s Chiefly system and noted that America’s lacks its protections.

“This is one of the new trends that’s coming up that I am not fond of; whereas they are turning their backs to our democratic ways such as the village councils, who are in charge of making decisions in the respectful villages," he said. 

The Prime Minister then tied in the Lands and Titles laws recently passed on the rights of the village councils.

“The chiefs are policing the villages to assure that what happening in America does not occur in the country," he said.

By Joyetter Feagaimaali'i 13 January 2021, 1:00PM

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