|Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Washington D.C. has been covered for now, after it was vandalized.|
A statue of Mahatma Gandhi located outside the Indian embassy situated in Washington D.C. was vandalized by a group of people involved in the protests and riots following the death of George Floyd. The statue was reportedly spray painted with profanities, locals in the area informed ANI.
Ken Juster, the US Ambassador to India, has since apologized for the incident.
So sorry to see the desecration of the Gandhi statue in Wash, DC. Please accept our sincere apologies. Appalled as well by the horrific death of George Floyd & the awful violence & vandalism. We stand against prejudice & discrimination of any type. We will recover & be better.
— Ken Juster (@USAmbIndia) June 4, 2020
Soon after the incident took place, the statue was covered with cloth and an investigation was started by local authorities.
A wave of protests and riots spread throughout the United States following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, who allegedly died after Minneapolis policeman David Chauvin pinned him to the ground by kneeling on his neck for several minutes.