Statement by Ambassador Howery

Like many around the world, I was horrified by the mob violence against the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, January 6.  This violent attack on America’s democracy cannot be justified.  Those who perpetrated it should face justice, and U.S. law enforcement is working to do that.  From today until sunset January 13, the flags at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm and all U.S. federal buildings are flying at half-staff as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across the United States.  My thoughts are with their families and colleagues.

Last week’s events made clear that, more than 230 years after the adoption of our Constitution, the United States is still striving to build a more perfect union.  Despite the challenges posed by the rioters last week, on January 20 President-elect Joseph R. Biden will be inaugurated as America’s 46th President, with Vice President-elect Kamala D. Harris as America’s 49th Vice President, completing the 2020 election cycle and the peaceful transition of power that is a hallmark of our democracy.  Going forward, we will continue to advocate for democracy, press freedom, rule of law, and human rights at home and abroad, because democracy must be defended to endure.