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Conflicts at US Capitol Hill 'regrettable:' Taiwan Foreign Ministry

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Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. 

Police with guns drawn watch as protesters try to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.  (AP photo)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said on Thursday that the conflicts in the U.S. Capitol which has resulted in at least one dead and several others injured, were "regrettable."

MOFA spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) made the statement at a regular press briefing, adding that "Taiwan's government is watching related developments closely."

According to foreign media reports, supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday to disrupt the confirmation by lawmakers of Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election held last November.

At least one woman was shot dead and several police officers were hurt during the chaos, the reports said.

Meanwhile, Ou said that the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the U.S. has issued an "urgent notice" after the District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser implemented a curfew from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. the next day in response to the violent protests.

Ou said TECRO is prepared to provide assistance to Taiwanese nationals in Washington, D.C. and cautioned them to remain alert.


Updated : 2021-11-29 15:02 GMT+08:00