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Wed Feb 14, 2024, 09:50 PM Feb 14

US Constitution encasement vandalized with red powder at National Archives [View all]

Source: CNN

Updated 6:56 PM EST, Wed February 14, 2024

A photograph obtained by CNN shows the aftermath of powder spread across the Constitution encasement.
Obtained by CNN

CNN — The National Archives in Washington, DC, closed early on Wednesday after two people dumped red powder on the display that protects the US Constitution, Archives officials said in a news release. “The Constitution was unaffected in its encasement. No damage was done to the document itself,” the Archives said in a statement.

The individuals were immediately detained by security at the time of the incident, around 2:30 p.m., and officials are investigating, the Archives said.

In a video posted to X, two men stood in front of the powder-covered encasement and spoke out about the right to clean water and a livable climate before being approached and detained by uniformed guards. “We take such vandalism very seriously and we will insist that the perpetrators be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Archivist of the United States Colleen Shogan said in a statement.

The National Archives Rotunda will remain closed for cleaning Thursday, the Archives said, but the rest of the National Archives Building will be open on its regular schedule. The incident is part of a trend of high-profile vandalism with the intent to draw attention to the climate crisis and other human-caused environmental harm.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/14/us/constitution-encasement-vandalized-powder-climate/index.html

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