03:25 GMT24 January 2021
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    The pontiff said in an interview with Italian TV that he was "astonished" by the assault on US Capitol.

    The unrest at the US Capitol was "against democracy, against the common good", Pope Francis stated, as quoted by Reuters. 

    "Even in the most developed societies something can go wrong and cause people to oppose their own community – this is against democracy. This needs to be addressed now,” the Pope said in an exclusive interview with Mediaset Canale 5.

    The pontiff shared his views on the latest riots in DC.

    "I was astonished because they are people so disciplined in democracy," he said. 

    The full interview with the Pope will be broadcast on Mediaset Canale 5 on Sunday evening and will be followed by the film Call Me Francesco – the Pope of the People.

    On 6 January, crowds of pro-Trump demonstrators marched on the US Capitol and stormed the building where lawmakers were officially confirming Joe Biden's presidential win. Violent riots and clashes with the police resulted in the death of five people, leaving dozens more injured and causing damage to the Capitol building.

    The unrest in DC has prompted international condemnation and forced several officials from the Trump administration to leave their posts prematurely. Although Trump urged his supporters to demonstrate peacefully, he’s still landed the blame for the riots and has seen his accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube blocked.

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