“Disgrace” The statue which is across the road from the Indian embassy in the US was vandalized, the incident happened during the week of a nationwide protest against the killing of George Floyd.
Washington: The defacement of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue here was a “disgrace”, US President Donald Trump said, days after it was vandalised with graffiti and spray painting during the nationwide protest against the killing of African- American George Floyd.
The statue which was across the road from Indian Embassy in a National Park was vandalized by the unknown offenders, the Indian embassy has filed a case against the riot with the law enforcement agencies.
“It was disgrace,” of Mahatma Gandhi, Trump made the brief comment at the White House on Monday when asked about the incident.
The Indian Embassy has put on the investigation with the US Department and also with Metropolitan Police and National Park Service of State for an early investigation into the matter.
The Embassy is working with the US Department of State, Metropolitan Police, and National Park Service for the speedy reconstruction of the statue at the park.
Defacement of Mahatma Gandhi ‘disgrace‘
The US president and First Lady Melania Trump. During their visit to India in February, has spent considerable time at the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had personally given them a tour of the historic place.
“The First Lady and I have just had the pleasure of visiting Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram, a few miles from here, where he launched the famous Salt March,” Trump has said during his address at the Namaste Trump rally at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on February 24. A day later, Trump and the first lady also laid a wreath at Raj Ghat in New Delhi.
Pictures of Trump and the first lady with Gandhi’s spinning wheel during their visit to the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad are seen hanging on the walls of the White House.
North Caroline Senator Tom Tillis said, “ It’s disgraceful to see the damage of the Gandhi statue” in Washington DC.
“ Gandhi was a pioneer of peaceful protesting, demonstrating the great change it can bring, Rioting, looting and vandalizing do not bring us together, he added.
Legalized protests Hijacked
Senator Macro Rubio said, “ more evidence that violent radicals and run of the mill crazies have hijacked legitimate protests to create anarchy or for their own purposes.”
A legitimate protest was sparked by the death of George Floyd, in the custody of Minneapolis police which led to a havoc by rioters in Washington DC, the protesters damaged monuments like the Lincoln Memorial and burnt historic church.
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster apologized for the incident.
“So sorry to see the desecration of the Gandhi statue in Wash, DC. Please accept our sincere apologies,” he said.
“Appalled as well by the horrific death of George Floyd and the awful violence and vandalism. We stand against prejudice and discrimination of any type. We will recover and be better,” he said in a tweet last week.
The former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the presence of then US president Bill Clinton on September 16, 2000, dedicated the statue of Mahatma Gandhi to the federal land in Washington, in his state visit to the US.