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Washington Monument has been severely damaged Tuesday night, the suspect accused was arrested, police

Tuesday night’s vandalism of the Washington Monument resulted in the arrest of one individual.

According to photographs of the damage uploaded on Twitter, the base of the renowned landmark was splattered with crimson paint.

Tuesday evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. No motive is provided.

The graphics depicted a single paint splatter and the phrase “Have you been f***** by this” with an arrow pointing upwards. The remainder of the red-colored writing read, “Government says tough s***.”

Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said cleanup could take two to three weeks, according to WTOP.

Litterst stated that porous marble could have absorbed some of the red paint, necessitating numerous treatments to remove all traces of the color.

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Wednesday saw the beginning of cleanup work, according to the National Park Service.

The area surrounding the base of the monument will be temporarily restricted, according to the park police.

WTTG reports that the person apprehended will be charged with trespassing, tampering, and vandalism.

As of Wednesday morning, the arrested individual’s name had not been made public.

When someone vandalizes or defaces one of our memorials, the first word that comes to mind is upsetting, Litterst said WTTG.

“We’re fortunate to have a crew on staff that can take care of that, and we look forward to promptly restoring the monument to its original state.”

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