India, Jan. 7 -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has described the violence unleashed by supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday as "an attack on democracy".

As the events in Washington, DC unfolded, Trudeau tweeted, "Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld - and it will be."

His views were echoed by Canada's foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, who tweeted, "Canada is deeply shocked by the situation in Washington, DC. The peaceful transition of power is fundamental to democracy - it must continue and i...