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German minister: Democracy's enemies will welcome Washington violence

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas addresses the media during a joint news conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres after a meeting in Berlin, Germany, December 17, 2020. Michael Sohn/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said democracy’s enemies would be cheered by scenes of violence at the United States Capitol, and he called on President Donald Trump to accept U.S. voters’ decision.

In a Tweet posted after protesters stormed the seat of the U.S. legislature, where lawmakers were formalising the election of Trump’s rival Joe Biden, Maas said the violence had been caused by inflammatory rhetoric.

“The enemies of democracy will be delighted at these terrible images from Washington DC,” he wrote on Wednesday. “Trump and his supporters must accept the decision of American voters at last and stop trampling on democracy.”

Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Maria Sheahan