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Statement | Response to Jan. 6 violence on Capitol Hill
U.S. Executive Director Jeff Meer provided the following statement on the Jan. 6, 2021, mob attack on Capitol Hill.
Humanity & Inclusion bears witness in more than 55 countries every day to injustice, inequality, and deprivation of rights. We know too well the consequences when individuals and groups resort to violence, instead of taking part in civil discourse and peaceful political participation. As an organization, we were deeply outraged by the attack this week on the U.S. Capitol.
This violent act by thousands of individuals intent on stopping an essential process of democracy—the peaceful transfer of power—reinforces our belief that the will of the people, expressed through democratic means, should never be held hostage by violence. We condemn in the strongest terms the anti-democratic actions of the mob, and emphasize the right of all individuals, no matter their background, to participate freely and peacefully in civil society.