The White House on Monday condemned the desecration of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in a city in California.
“We would certainly be concerned about the desecration of the monuments of Gandhi,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily press conference.
She answered a question about the desecration of the six-foot-tall, 294-pound bronze statue of Gandhi in Central Park in the city of Davis, Northern California. It was recently broken and torn from the base by unknown defendants.
“We would certainly condemn this desecration and observe it closely,” said Psaki.
The city of Davis issued a statement condemning the act of vandalism.
“We do not support activities that involve the destruction of property. We understand that our community reflects a variety of views and values, but we expect everyone to show respect for one another and for common spaces.
“We are committed to creating a city that is inclusive and conforms to our principles. We work diligently to ensure the physical and mental safety of every inhabitant. Acts of destruction are violent and destroy that safety,” it said.
The city said it sympathized with those who mourn the destruction of the statue and promised a thorough investigation and full accountability for those who committed the crime.
“We sympathize with those who have sincerely opposed the statue and feel unheard. We reiterate our conviction that the solution to resolving such differences is never violent acts, but compromise and dialogue. It is our sincere wish to that our community is promoting peaceful and positive discourse and reconciliation, “said the city in its statement.