US President Donald Trump said that he was considering long-term jail sentences for those tearing down and vandalising monuments in the US amid protests against racism and police brutality, Washington, DC, Tuesday.
«We're looking at long-term sentences under the Act. You have a very specific Monuments Act and we are looking at long term jail sentences for these vandals and these hoodlums entities, these anarchists and agitators, call whatever you want,» he said.
«If these hoodlums come around and if the states can't handle it, we are ready, willing, and able to help, as we did in Minnesota,» stressed Trump.
On Monday protesters clashed with police, as the demonstrators unsuccessfully tried to tear down a statue of former US President Andrew Jackson in Washington DC, near the White House.
Jackson, who was a former US Army general, during his presidential term signed the Indian Removal Act, relocating thousands of Native Americans.
Anti-racism demonstrations, including vandalising and tearing down monuments, have been taking place across the world following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.