USA: ‘Hands off Utah!’ — thousands decry govt plans to shrink national monuments

An estimated 5,000 protesters gathered in front of Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City on Saturday to decry the government's plan to shrink two state national monuments. The protest took place two days ahead of the official visit of the US President Donald Trump to the Utah capital. Native Americans in national costumes, alongside demonstrators with banners reading «Save Bears Ears», «Protect... Еще Wild Utah» and «Hands off Utah» amongst others, called for the monuments to be preserved. «This is an appalling decision that's against all that Utah stands for and all that American public land stands for,» said one protester. According to another protester, «Trump doesn't know anything about what the people want from these monuments» and highlighted that the majority of local residents have voted against coal mine development. Trump reportedly plans to shrink the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument by half and cut the Bears Ears Monument by 85 percent. The monuments were designed by former US Presidents Barak Obama and Bill Clinton.

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