Vatican City (Reuters)-Pope Francis said on Saturday that people who oppose democracy must be convicted, whoever they are should learn from the attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump this week lesson.
Mobs poured into the building on Wednesday, Trump urged them to go to the Capitol, according to his baseless claims after he won re-election in November. In the chaos that followed, five people, including the police, died.
In his first public comment on the incident, the pope told Italy’s Canale 5 news channel: “I’m surprised because they are such disciplined people in a democratic system.”
The Pope said: “There are always things that don’t work… People have embarked on the path of opposing the community, opposing democracy, and opposing the common good.”
Francis said: “Thank God, this has been made public and very clear, because then you can correct it.” He added: “Yes, no matter who is involved, this movement must be condemned…”
He said that violence can break out anywhere, and it is important to understand what went wrong and learn from history.
He said: “Sooner or later, marginalized groups will not integrate into society and will commit this kind of violence.”
(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Writing by Giulio Piovaccari; Editing by Peter Graff and Frances Kerry)