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Donald Trump: US President calls for federal charges against New York monument vandals

July 1, 2020

Donald Trump has called for what he’s described as two "anarchists" to turn themselves in after vandalising statues of George Washington in New York City. In a Tweet, the US President said "We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!"

Police released surveillance footage showing two unidentified men early on Monday throwing balloons filled with red paint at the statues in Manhattan's Washington Square Park. Monuments and statues have been targeted across the US and in other parts of the world, following anti-racism protests, sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota while in police custody last month.