US apologizes for the desecration of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Washington DC

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NEW DELHI Updated: Jun 04, 2020, 03:30 PM(IST)

US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster speaks on US-India relations in New Delhi. Photograph:( PTI )

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Taking to Twitter, Juster has said that he is appalled by both on the killing of George Floyd and the 'awful' violence and vandalism that has began in name of protests thereafter. 

United States' Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on Thursday tendered an apology for the incident of desecration of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC.

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"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," Juster said in a tweet.

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According to the reports, the incident is reported to have taken place on the intervening night of June 2 and 3 in Washington DC.

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.

Several of these protests have turned violent which many times has resulted in damage of some of the most prestigious and sacred American monuments.

In Washington DC, protestors this week burnt a historic church and damaged some of the prime properties and historic places like the national monument and Lincoln Memorial.

(With inputs from agencies)

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