As yet unknown perpetrators have spray-painted the slogan “Black lives matter” on Warsaw’s monument of Tadeusz Kościuszko, a hero of Polish and American history.
The slogan is a reference to the protests taking place in many US cities after a police officer killed an Afro-American man, George Floyd.
The text sprayed on the monument was noticed by Warsaw City Guards. They notified the city authorities and asked pedestrians if they had witnessed the culprits. Police dispatched a forensic specialist to the scene. Rafał Trzaskowski, the mayor of Warsaw announced that he had ordered cleaning the monument. “There is no approval for vandalism,” he tweeted.
The incident occurred only two days after rioters in Washington DC, the capital of the US, vandalised a similar monument of Tadeusz Kościuszko. Warsaw’s statue is a replica of that monument.
The memorial was vandalised by individuals who were among the crowds protesting against police brutality and race-based violence. The Kościuszko memorial was sprayed with abusive slogans targeting US President Donald Trump and the “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) tag.
The countrywide protests were triggered by the death of Afro-American George Floyd on May 25. The 46-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police, the official post-mortem examination found. The police had been called to a shop where staff reported that Mr Floyd was trying to pay for cigarettes with a counterfeit USD 20 bill.