Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside the Indian Embassy in Washington desecrated during ongoing protests in the US

Washington: Unknown miscreants have vandalized Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside the Indian embassy in the US with graffiti and spray painting. Mission officials have registered a complaint with the local law enforcement agencies.

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The incident reportedly took place on the intervening night of June 2 and 3 in Washington DC. The Indian embassy registered a complaint with local law enforcement agencies which are now conducting an investigation into the incident.

Vandalism of the statue of the apostle of peace comes during the week of nationwide protests against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.

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One of the few statues of a foreign leader on a federal land in Washington DC, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi was dedicated by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in the presence of the then US president Bill Clinton on September 16, 2000 during his state visit to the US.

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