An Indian-American Congressman sought an FBI investigation on Tuesday into the vandalisation of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in California as a number of different lawmakers condemned the act.
A bronze statue of Gandhi within the Central Park of the town of Davis in Northern California was vandalised, damaged and ripped from the bottom by unknown individuals final week. The metropolis has registered a case and is investigating the incident.
“I condemn this malicious act in the strongest terms and I call upon the FBI to investigate it as a possible hate crime intended to intimidate Indian-Americans, among others,” Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi stated.
“The desecration of a statue of Gandhi, who championed peace and non-violence and who continues to influence countless non-violent struggles for justice including in America, serves as a sad reminder of how important his teachings remain,” he stated.
In a separate assertion, Congressman Ami Bera condemned the vandalisation of the statue.
“Peaceful and non-violent protest, which was championed by civil rights leaders at home and abroad, including Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi, is a hallmark of American democracy.
“The energy of our nation lies in our variety, but additionally in our skill to peacefully specific our opinions and variations. Vandalisation and destruction of property is unacceptable and has no place in our society,” he said.
“Gandhi stood for peace, nonviolence, and justice. We are higher than acts of hate like this,” tweeted Congressman Josh Harder.
Congressman Pete Session said the statue of Gandhi was donated by the government of India to all Americans as a symbol of peace. “This hate crime should not be tolerated. Restoration of this nice statue should be achieved,” he tweeted.