23 June, Kathmandu:
After the killing of George Floyd on May 25, many statues related with slavery and European colonization have been targeted for destruction recently.
US President Donald Trump has promised to arrest anyone who tries to vandalize monuments or statues, threatening they could be imprisoned for 10 years.
On Monday night, protesters tried to break down a statue of former US President Andrew Jackson near the White House . The statue sits in the middle of Lafayette Square just north of the White House. Protesters were using rope in order to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson, the seventh U.S. president. Police pushed the line of protesters back and then, the statue still stands. They used pepper spray-like substance to move protesters away from a statue they tried to pull down.
On Tuesday morning , Trump tweeted, “I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request about how Trump’s order would be implemented.