ALJA CONDEMNS INSURRECTION AT US CAPITOL BUILDING

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President of ALJA, Mr Joe Mason

Minneapolis, Minnesota-The Association of Liberian Journalist in the Americas
(ALJA) is condemning in the strongest term, the recent violent attack on the US
Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

The riot, which most Americans have dubbed as an insurrection and a failed
attempt by President Trump and his supporters to overturn the November 3, 2020
Presidential election was held January 6, 2021 at the US Capitol in Washington,
DC.

The rioters stormed the Capitol building while members of Congress
including the House of Representatives and the Senate were in session to certify
the election of President Elect Joe Biden and Vice President Elect Kamala Harris.

In a Press Release issued on Friday, January 8, 2021, ALJA termed the incident as
a disgraceful and embarrassing spectacle in the political history of the United
States.

The Association says the January 6 th insurrection has stained the Presidency of Mr.
Trump, and shattered America’s global image in terms of good governance, rule of
law, and democracy.

ALJA maintains, “This incident has a serious repercussion on how people around the world would now perceive the US role as a symbol of democratic values and norms.”

The Association says Mr. Trump and his supporters’ persistent refusal to not only
accept the results of the elections after losing numerous court challenges, but

continue to claim that widespread fraud was committed, ultimately gave rise to the
January 6 th mob action.

ALJA says while President Trump and his supporters have the constitutional right
to contest the results of the elections in which former Vice President Joe Biden and
California Senator Kamala Harris were elected as President and Vice President
respectively, their attack on the US Capitol undermines the rule of law, which is
the foundation of America’s democracy.

The organization says the United States’ much acclaimed status as the world’s
oldest and most vibrant democracy has been compromised by the attack on the
Capitol.

Meanwhile, ALJA is urging the incoming US administration to work towards
restoring the country’s battered image and reclaim its moral high ground as the
advocate of democracy, good governance, and free speech around the world.

At the same time, the Association, whose members are all people of color, has
expressed outrage over the hypocrisy displayed by law enforcement agencies
against the largely white pro Trump insurrectionists during the mob action.

ALJA says the law enforcement agencies were not exertive in containing the
predominantly Caucasian rioters as they breached the Capitol building, the
country’s symbol of democracy while a joint session of congress was taking place.

The US based Liberian journalists say the law enforcement agencies also, allowed
most of the rioters to walk away untouched after they stormed and overran the
Capitol.

ALJA described the Police’s reaction or lack thereof as a classic display of white
privilege where white insurrectionists are treated differently as opposed to the
largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Washington DC over the death of
George Floyd in June of last year that was greeted with heavy police presence.

The Association called on the US government to ensure that the perpetrators of the
Capitol attack are arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the
Americas. It is a 501c (3) non-profit organization. The Association was founded in

1998 with the objectives of fostering companionship amongst its members and
their American counterparts. Additionally, the Association is committed to
advancing press freedom through media capacity building and the fostering of
good governance in Liberia through media advocacy.

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