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APCIA condemns ‘mob violence’ as protestors storm Capitol


The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) has criticized the “mob violence” on display in Washington DC after protestors stormed Congress in a day of violence that left four people dead.

APCIA president David Sampson said in a statement that he was “horrified and saddened” by the violent scenes in the capital and said that insurers support the peaceful transition of power.

“On behalf of the US property casualty insurance industry, I am horrified and saddened by the scenes of mob violence in our nation’s capital today,” he said.

“This has no place in America. Words matter and when leaders call for violence, violence ensues.”

He said that insurers were “in the business of protecting American families, businesses, individuals, communities, and the larger economy” and that the events taking place in Washington DC threatened the very pillars of the country.

Chubb reissued a statement from the Business Roundtable non-profit association condemning “unlawful efforts to overturn the legitimate results of a democratic election”.

Prudential Financial CEO Charles Lowrey said the actions were “disgraceful and un-American" and had no place in US democracy.

A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol yesterday, suspending a Congress session and forcing elected representatives to evacuate as they were in the process of certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election in November.

The protestors had been encouraged by President Trump’s repeated claims that the election was rigged. Earlier that day he had addressed a crowd of protestors and urged them to march on the Capitol.

The President later told the protestors to “go home now”, although in the same statement he repeated his claims of election fraud and said the protestors were “very special”.

President-elect Biden labelled the events an “insurrection”.

One woman was shot by police and three others have died from “medical emergencies” during the events, according to officials.

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