US President Donald Trump announced a complete end to acts of vandalism in the country after such actions against monuments began to be punished with long prison terms.
“Since the introduction of a compelling prison sentence of ten years for those who vandalize monuments and statues, and after many people were detained across our country, vandalism has completely stopped,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, Trump ordered the arrest of anyone who tried to destroy or vandalize monuments on the territory of the country and threatened the attackers with prison terms of up to 10 years.
Across the United States, amid protests after the death of African-American George Floyd in police custody, the spontaneous demolition of monuments to southerners during the Civil war and other historical figures began. This also affected the statues of the discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus, whom left-wing activists accuse of the genocide of the indigenous population.