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Neil Young is calling for empathy toward those who stormed the U.S. Capitol and vandalized federal buildings in Washington, D.C., last week. “Sadness and compassion hit me last night as I watched fellow Americans telling their stories,” the 75-year-old singer-songwriter wrote on his website. Young blamed U.S. President Donald Trump and the social media platforms he used for the insurrecti­on. “I was shocked to see the Confederat­e flag being waved inside the chamber; the destructio­n and disrespect,” Young wrote. “But mostly I felt bad for the people. With social media, issues are turned into psychologi­cal weapons and used to gather hatred in support of one side or the other.” Young, shown, who was raised in Omemee, Ont., previously said he obtained dual Canadian-american citizenshi­p so he could vote against Trump in 2020. “I still have my strong beliefs. That has not changed,” he wrote. “... We are not enemies. We must find a way home.”

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