Victoria Police are seeking witnesses following an attempted murder of a Mahatma-Gandhi statue. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has condemned the “disgraceful” incident.
Morrison revealed the bronze sculpture of life in Rowville, a suburb of Melbourne on Friday. However, the weekend saw a number of events. “an unknown number of offenders”Used a “power tool”It was damaged, according to a spokesperson from Victoria State Police. Detectives were also investigating.
“It is disgraceful and extremely disappointing to see this level of disrespect,”Morrison added that Sunday’s attacks on cultural monuments were unacceptable “will not be tolerated.”Australia was the country he described as “the best”. “most successful multicultural and immigration nation in the world.”
“Whoever is responsible for this has shown great disrespect to the Australian Indian community and should be ashamed,”Morrison also added.
While the Indian government has yet to comment on the incident, several Australian politicians have condemned the act of vandalism. Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge termed it “disgraceful, cowardly, criminal behavior” In a Facebook posting, add that “vile act” was not “representative of our community … [and] country.”
The statue’s unveiling ceremony on Friday at the Indian Community Centre in Victoria was part of a celebration to mark India’s history and 75 years since its independence.
Gandhi is generally credited for having charted a non-violent path to the country’s freedom from British rule in 1947.
Vasan Srinivasan (chairman of Australia India Community Charitable Trust) stated that the vandalism wasn’t motivated by racism, and claimed the perpetrator “needs some support to make sure he gets well.”
One Gandhi statue fell and was then decapitated in California, and another Gandhi statue, which was located in front the Indian Embassy in Washington DC, was vandalized last December. The incident was attributed to Sikh separatists.
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