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As advocates for open societies globally, the International Budget Partnership condemns the acts of terror and desecration of democratic institutions that took place in the US Capitol this week. The violence and blatant symbols of hate on display shook a nation but should not be a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention to the decline of civil discourse and rise of extremist ideology across the United States and globally.

At the International Budget Partnership, our work is fueled by a deep commitment to equity and justice and a rejection of the politics of exclusion. We believe in transparency, truthful information, freedom of expression, public participation, and peaceful assembly. This week’s racism-fueled and conspiracy-driven attack goes against every democratic principle we stand for.

Throughout the world, we partner with historically marginalized movements so that they can take part in decisions around resources, because we know the social contract only works when everyone has a voice and when we contest gender, racial, and other injustice everywhere. Now more than ever, we must double down on efforts to counter extremism by strengthening democratic institutions and promoting inclusive and peaceful participation.

It is not lost on us the stark contrast between the peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were suppressed with brute force by the National Guard last year and the scene of white supremacists overtaking the US capitol this week with little security presence. We stand in solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities and their struggles with racism and double standards.

This moment should embolden us to reflect on the racism that is deeply rooted in the history of the United States and many countries. We urge for healing and a reckoning with the white supremacist ideology driving these threats to democracy.