International relations

Assault against the Capitole: A putsch?

The assault on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 cannot be considered a coup, at least according to the information available so far. A coup consists of « taking power illegally, and through violence or coercion, to displace the person in power or change the current political system ».

However, the assault on the seat of the US legislature lacks two fundamental elements for a putsch: planning and coordination, and armed force or institutional power with which to exercise violence or coercion….