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White House slams desecration of Mahatma Gandhi statue

New York: White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has expressed strong resentment against Mahatma Gandhi’s statue being defaced during protests against police brutality in Washington.

For the protesters, “apparently the line goes all the way to Gandhi”, Kayleigh McEnany said, commenting on the spree of defacing and damaging statutes sweeping the nation.

Gandhi’s statue was defaced with personal insults to him and an unprintable anti-India slogan on June 2 by unknown miscreants. President Donald Trump had called the act a “disgrace”.

Asked about demands by protesters against police brutality and their supporters to remove some statues, she said: “What we’re seeing across the country is really quite confusing, because you’re seeing statues defaced, like Gandhi’s statue defaced and Ulysses S Grant’s statues.”

Before becoming President, Grant was the US commanding general during the civil war leading the fight against the secessionist confederate states that opposed the abolition of slavery.

His statue was pulled down by anti-racism protesters in San Francisco on June 19.

A statue of Columbus was toppled and beheaded in Camden in New Jersey on June 18.

McEnanay said: “We’re being told that George Washington’s statue needs to come down and Thomas Jefferson’s statue needs to come down. Where do you draw the line, you know, from Gandhi, all the way down to George Washington?”

The protests against police brutality, some of which have been violent, were set off by the extra-judicial killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man by a policeman in Minneapolis on May 25.

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