The statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC has been reportedly desecrated by unknown persons allegedly involved in the ongoing protests in the US against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd.
The United States Park Police has launched an investigation and more details regarding the incident are awaited, a news agency reported on Thursday morning.
US Ambassador to India Ken Juster, meanwhile, offered apologies and said he was appalled by George Floyd’s death and the violence and vandalism that followed.
“So sorry to see the desecration of the Gandhi statue in Washington, DC. Please accept our sincere apologies,” Ken Juster was quoted as saying by the news agency.
The US Ambassador to India added, “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 and be better”.
Floyd’s death on May 25 has sparked civil unrest that has since spread nationwide.
The civic unrest in the United States following George Floyd’s death is said to be the largest in the US in recent decades. Americans, defying curfews, have been protesting, in some cases violently, against the George Floyd’s custodial killing in Minneapolis.
The 46-year-old, a native of Houston, was handcuffed and pinned to the ground on May 25 by a white police officer who kneeled on his neck as he gasped for breath.
Earlier also, protests turned violent resulting in large scale looting, damage to properties and monuments, and vehicles being set ablaze.