US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter about the arrests and punishments for desecrating any monuments owned by the state.
He said he gave federal government forces the right to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys monuments. For such an offense, the American leader recalled, they are punished with a prison term of up to 10 years.
“This takes effect immediately, but can also be used retroactively – for the destruction or vandalism that has already occurred. There will be no exceptions! ” – wrote the American leader.
Earlier, Trump said that several people were detained for vandalism in Lafayette Park in Washington and the desecration of the St. John’s Church located in the same place.
The day before, the president called on the New York authorities to abandon the decision to demolish the monument to the 26th head of the United States Theodore Roosevelt. The statue is considered a symbol of colonialism and racial discrimination.
Protests against racism in American cities in recent weeks are increasingly leading to desecration and destruction of monuments. They demolish not only the monuments to the Confederate figures, but also, for example, the monument to the explorer Christopher Columbus who discovered America, the first president and one of the founders of the United States George Washington, as well as Francis Scott Key, author of the national anthem.