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announcer: and now, "bbc world news". laura: i am lan washington, and this is bbc world news america. it has been one years since the u.s. capitol attacked by supporters of then president donald trump. speaking from inside the capital, president biden accused mr. trump and his allies of holding a dagger at the throat of american democracy. >> the former president of the united states of democracy has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. laura: we will look at how the events have affected the way america is viewed around the world. plus, in kazakhstan, after days
of protests, russian forces are arriving in the country. our correspondent is on the scene. >> the clashes are taking place a few hundred meters away from where i am right now. ♪ laura: welcome to world news america on pbs and around the globe. it has been one year since supporters of then president donald trump stormed to the u.s. capitol building in washington trying to stop lawmakers from certifying joe biden's election victory. president biden accused his predecessor of promoting a web of lies about the election because he could not stand losing. top republicans did not attend the events, accusing democrats of using the anniversary to divide the country.
our correspondent in north america starts our coverage. >> you will never take back our country with weakness. you have to stowe's -- show strength. >> stop the steal! >> thetaggering scenes were a last-ditch attempt to overturn the election loss of donald trump. his supporters march to the short distance from a rally he had been holding to the capitol building where congress was in session to confirm joe biden's win. a protester was shot dead at the doors of the speakers lobby. the attack went on for hours. four others died, including a police officer. nearly 140 of his colleagues were injured. the fbi launched a nationwide manhunt for the pertrators of the attack. more than 600 have been charged in their involvement.
some republicans now refer to those arrested as political prisoners. one is running on a platform that the election was stolen. he's been endorsed by donald trump. >> there is a civil war going on right now in the republican party for the direction of the republican party. i believe the president trump movement, we have the vast majority of the country. >> i think some people would've looked to t events of january 6 and thought, i don't want to be part of that. >> the mob was fed lies. >> in the days after the storming of the capitol, senior republicans condemned to the attack, but when it came to action, the vast majory of republicans voted not to impeach donald trump.
but speaking today in the building that was attacked, joe biden squarely laid the blame on what he called a web of lies about the election spread by the former president. >> he values power over principle. he sees his own interest as more important than america's interest. his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our constitution. he can't accept that he lost. >> but forll the condemnation he has received for his involvement in those violent events, donald trump enjoys the support of millions of americans, and in his party, it is those voices that continue to drown out the criticism. bbc news in washington. laura: it was not just americans glued to their screens as the u.s. capitol was attacked. the rest of the world was
watching, too. you have been hearing from our correspondence about how january 6 has affected the world's view of american democracy. >> the latest evidence of a declining nation. >> questions raised about where the u.s. goes from there. >> it sent a real shiver dow the spines of many politicians. >> it was not just the story of the day, but the story over a few days as canadians tried to make sense of what was happening to the united states, which was not just our closest neighbor but probably our closest ally. >> because of this country's history, many germans were horrified by what they saw, and that was reflected in the
headlines. one newspaper described those scenes as "sad and terrifying caused by supporters of a delusional, voted out president," more than one publication referring to the event as "an attempted coup." >> it got the prominence that propagandists wanted it to get. the coverage was, look, this is the latest evidence of a declining nation. ♪ >> in canada, a lot of questions in terms of whether what happened south of the border could happen here, if the same forces were present at the same level, whether it be populism or organizations like the proud boys. >> germany realized that tucked away on social media, the far right and conspiracy theories wield considerable influence.
it sent a shiver down the spines of many politicians. >> there are genuine questions raised about where the u.s. goes from there. >> in terms of u.s. democracy, there is a lot more attention being paid to the mechanisms of u.s. democracy. >> obviously, there are countless numbers of people here who aspire to what the u.s. has, and it was seen as a national tragedy, but in terms of state controlled media, it was, look, this is what happens. this is the latest evidence of a declining nation. laura: for more on how the attack affected america's standing, we are joined by chief correspondent lyse doucet. president biden's national security advisor aitted the attack on the capitol worried america's allies. is that accurate?
lyse: its a neat summary. it worries america's allies because not only did it weaken the democracy not just at home but around the world, but it had an impact on them. it had such a huge impact on the critics, the rivals, on countries that are rising powers, china and russia who seized advantage from this open crack in the u.s. political system, and for all of this talk about america's retreat, america's decline, that is undeniable, and yet america still matters. i am constantly struck that on key issues, whether it is the iran nuclear deal, what are nato powers going to do when it comes to russia and ukraine, when it
comes to north korea, there is always a question, what will america do? in 2022, many are looking to see how president biden will be tested this year, a year after an extraordinary attack on the capitol that showed america's weakness. what will he do on ukraine if russia takes action? what will he do all in taiwan if china takes action? america is in the microscope of the world. laura: what about former president donald trump? is he still as influential with the global populist right? is he still seen as an influential figure? lyse: it is interesting how we talk now, how we talk about our global political system. we use talk about superpowers. then we used to talk about great powers, but there has been a
noticeable shift inhe lt few years where we tend to talk about not just a battle between countries, but a battle between systems. it is what joe biden talked about. he had this democracy summit, a battle between democracy and autocracy. there is discussion of strongman, and those strongmen have to decide what to do, whether it is modi in india, bolsonaro in brazil, their great friend in the white house, what to do when he lost power. among the allies of the united states, there was a palpable sigh of relief, among nato allies, among european states, when president biden won the election, that they would be able to try to revive this transatlantic alliance even though they knew that, mindful
of what happened with trump, they could no longer depend on the united states. this is what is bothering people now. it's not the event that matters. it is the response to the event, and how many republicans are still agreeing that the election s stolen, the shiver down the spine has not gone away. laura: that is the global view of what happened at the capitol. for more on the impact in the u.s., we are joined by seth moulton, a democratic congressman from the state of massachusetts. you are a former u.s. marine from iraq. how shocked were you to find yourself sheltering in place in the u.s. capitol? rep. moulton: completely and utterly shocked. this is something i expected. an assault on democracy was something i expecd as a marine
in iraq. it is not something i imagined as a congressman in america. laura: now you have said that what happened on january the sixth was a rehearsal for a real takeover of democracy. what do you mean exactly rep. moulton: i really thought that after january and in the immediate days that followed, we would put in place the measures, the laws to ensure that this attempt to undermine our democracy would never happen again, that the perpetrators would beeld accountable, and together, democrats and republicans uld ensure the safety and security of democracy . thatas not happened. there's been very little accountability. republicans across the country are working to install insurrectionist election
officials to overturn election results. i feel that january 6 is more likely to occur now than i believe right after it happened. laura: why is it that president biden has waited so long for this push on voting rights legislation, which we heard a lot about today? have democrats not wasted the last year? rep. moulton: we've been trying. we passed voting rights legislation through the house, but it has been languishing in the senate. with the president has been trying to do is build a bipartisan consensus to get this done rather than going with a full frontal assault on donald trump as he did today. some people will complain that the timing is wrong, that president biden should've indicted president trump a long time ago, but what biden has been trying to do is clear and
well-intentioned. sadly, it has not worked. laura: is there anything that gives you hope for american democracy a year on? rep. moulton: absolutely. there are a lot of good americans, including an incredible number of brave volunteers who stand up today to work together and fight for our freedoms. our military men and women are one example, but so are people in the state department, and so are people like our national guard's men came out to defend the capitol today. there are young americans who believe in the principles of democracy even though they disagree in their politics. if you look at younger americans, some people in congress, the future is bright, but that is not enough. we need to make real reforms. we need to change laws.
we need to set the precedent that people will be held accountable. laura: congressman seth moulton, thanks for being with us tonight. as congressman was paying tribute to, it was the capitol hill police attacked by the rioters as they defended lawmakers, and it is those officers living with the trauma of what happened. i've been speaking with officer harry dunn about what he encountered that day and how he is making sense of what happened. what was the most frightening thing that you personally experienced? mr. dunn: iran around. i was on the east side of the capital. i ran to the west side where you could see the mall, and the size of the crowd, the mob, and th intent they had a, they looked possessed. when i got my first glimpse, i had my rifle pointed out at
the crowd, and at the moment, i said, i'm going to get shot. i'm a big guy. i'm 6'7". i look like an easy target. laura: you experienced terrible racism that day. what happened? mr. dunn: i don't want to make january 6 about race, but to deny that racism wasn't present that day is a lie. i got called the n-word. what i learned when coming forward to tell my story was several other officers were able to share their stories about how they were called the and word. racism was there. a lot of people there were racist. that day was about people who have no respect for democracy and don't care about their country. laura: we learn from the january 6 committee that president trump was watching the events unfold in the private dining room at the white house.
do you think he should have acted sooner? mr. dunn: any action by anybody that could have brought that situion to a quicker end should have happened. anything. there are actions that could have been done to get us help sooner. laura: do you think something like this could happen again? rep. moulton: unfortunately, yes, i do. people are growing more angry about what happened and the way this country is headed. people are becoming vocal about their views, but once it becomes violent and destructive, that is where you have to draw the line. there's been noing in place to stop that from happening. laura: what to you is the lesson of whatappened? rep. moulton: democracy can't be taken for granted because it exists. you have to fight to protect it. it is as simple as that.
laura: capitol hill police officer harry dunn speaking to me. thousands of people had taken to the streets of the sudanese capital khartoum to protest security rule. it's the first organized demonstration since the resignation of the prime minister sunday. some bridges between khartoum and nearby cities were closed ahead of the rally. internet services were disrupted. we turn now to kazakhstan where clashes have continued. security forces tried to crush antigovernment protests. forces from russia arrived after the president of kazakhstan appealed for help. the protests began over the price of fuel. now they are encompassing other grievances. our correspondent sent us this report. >>his is the aftermath of the mass unrest. violent clashes between riot police and protesters returned
what used to be this bustling square into a war zone. sparked by a higher fl prices, the root of the movement is deeply rooted in the government's authoritarian system. the army jned riot police. the number of casualties is rising. at night, it is particularly violent. stun grenas and reported live rounds have been used to crack down on the protests. the clashes are taking place a few hundred meters ay from where i am standing no. you can hear from the sound of shooting and explosions, a real battle is going on on the main square. we saw several armored personnel carriers moving towar the square where protesters have gathered. in response to the violence, the
kazakh authorities have appealed to russian security organizations to send troops to restore order. according to kazakhstan's president, the country is facing external oppression. >> given these terrorist gan are international and have received training abroad, their attack on that kazakhstan should be considered an act of aggression. >> protesters claimed their action was peaceful. >> when the president said they were thugs, he called us to thugs and terrorists. we are not terrorists. when he said that, i was deeply disappointed. >> the events are quickly turning into a geopolitical crisis as russia has sent peacekeeping forces. the public discontent that fueled the protests is likely to remain.
bbc news, kazakhstan. laura: we return to our top story, the one-year anniversy of the attack on the u.s. capitol. joining us forore is ron christie, a republican strategist and former advisor to george w. bush. i remember, you are shocked and appalled by what unfolded at the u.s. capitol. what is the legacy of that day for republicans? mr. christie: i remain shocked and appalled. i believe republicans missed a golden opportunity to reach out in a bipartisan manner and say, we need to know all the facts. this should never ve happened. many republicans, not only in washington but around the country, are saying, we have to stop the steal. it is disgraceful. laura: can you explain to our viewers in the u.s. and around
the world how it is that former president donald trump has tightened his grip on the party despite what happened? mr. christie: donald trump inspires a lot of fear in republican politicians, the fear that if they disobey him, if they don't tout every lie he wants them to perpetuate, he will run a candidate again them for their political livelihood. if you don't say what trump wants you to say he will get a primary opponent to take you out. it is more important to uphold the constitution and the vow the members took rather than the fealty to one man and one party. the country is much bigger than that, and our democracy demands more. laura:laura: how about those people in the republican party who referred to the rioters as tourists, patriots, even political prisoners?
current republican strategist karl rove is urging the party to confront that wing. is that likely? mr. christie: i hope it is. karl rove was the deputy chief of staff when i was in the white house, and we saw upfront what democracy looks like, warts and all. when you look at people who stormed that building, there have been over 725 people who were charged with what they did. this goes far deeper than tourists or spectators. this goes to a group of people who planned meticulously to come to washington that day, and i lay blame at the feet of donald trump who said we are going to fight and stop the steal that is not what a president is supposed to do. laura: ron christie, thank you so much for being with us tonight.
one year after the storming of the capitol, president biden has accused his predecessor donald trump of spreading a web of lies about the 2020 election. mr. trump has responded, accusing mr. biden of trying to divide the country further. this was the scene in washington earlier as theun rose over the dome of the u.s. capitol. today, that building was home to speeches, vigilsnd moments of silence for those who were killed and injured in last year's attack. america's political divisions were underlined today. republicans did not attend the events at the u.s. capitol. tributes have been paid to those police officers who defended lawmakers on january 6, ensuring that eventually they were able to return to the u.s. capitol and complete that job of certifying the u.s. presidential election result. i'm laura trevelyan.
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judy: good evening, i'm judy woodruff. on the next newshour. pres. biden: i will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy. judy: then we take an hour-by-hour look at the events january 6 and speak to a panel of seasoned political observers about where the u.s. goes from here. and in our exclusive interview, vice president kamala harris defense white house strategy to combat covid-19, two years into the pandemic. >> we want to get back to