New York City’s Vietnam War Memorial in Queens was vandalized Wednesday, just days after Memorial Day. Now, New York State Police will be investigating the defacement.
City Councilman Robert Holden brought attention to the defaced memorial. He tweeted out photos of spray painted Nazi symbols, among other designs. In a tweet, he also offered a $1,000 reward for any information that would lead “to the arrest and conviction of the sick soul who did it.”
Next, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted out a statement, saying he was “disgusted by the vandalism.” He announced that New York State Police will further investigate the scene.
This isn’t the first time a war memorial has been defaced in New York. Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, another Vietnam Veterans Memorial was vandalized in Glendale. Someone spray painted “Free Palestine” on the American flag hung on the fence. Holden also made an appearance there to capture the damage on Twitter.
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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.
According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.
In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were “wrongfully detained.” He said the American’s would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.
“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.
Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.
The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”
“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.
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