The statue of Mahatma Gandhi that is a hallmark of the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., was defaced Dec. 12, 2020, during demonstrations in support of demands of farmers in India.
“The statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza in front of the Embassy was defaced by Khalistani elements, on 12 December 2020,” the Indian Embassy said in a press note.
“The Embassy strongly condemns this mischievous act by hooligans masquerading as protesters against the universally respected icon of peace and justice,” it added.
“The Embassy has lodged a strong protest with US law enforcement agencies and has also taken up the matter with the US Department of State for an early investigation and action against the culprits under the applicable law,” the Embassy said.
According to ANI news outlet, “Posters and banners were seen pasted or propped up against the statue and a yellow flag was sighted draped over it. Some people were also seen waving “Khalistani” flags and raising pro-Khalistan slogans.”