USA: Hundreds decry Trump's plan to shrink Utah national monuments

Hundreds of people took the streets of Salt Lake City, Monday, to protest against the visit of the US President Donald Trump and his administration's recent order to shrink two national monuments — The Bear Ears and Staircase-Escalante. Protesters gathered in front of Utah Capitol, calling for preservation of the national parks, holding banners reading «don't shrink Utah monuments» and «Utah... Еще stands with Bears Ears» amongst others. Protesters later marched through the centre of the city, where they were met with riot police. No casualties have been reported. The two monuments are vast areas of protected natural land; much akin to a United States National Park. They include both archaeological and cultural sites as well as undeveloped energy resources. The lands hold particular significance for indigenous communities. The national monuments are created by presidents through the Antiquities Act, a law passed in 1996 to protect federal land. The Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante monuments were designated by 44th US President Barack Obama and 42nd US President Bill Clinton respectively. The move to reduce the monuments comes as the Trump administration pushes for more development on public land.

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