Thousands protest Washington's shrinking plan for national monuments

Los Angeles, Dec 3 (IANS): About 5,000 protesters gathered on Saturday in front of the Utah State Capitol against a plan proposed by the federal government to shrink two national monuments in the state.

It was reported that the plan would be announced by US President Donald Trump when he visits Utah next Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

The rally was organised by Utah Dine Bikeyah, a non-profit and grassroots Native American organization working to protect and preserve cultural uses of public lands by tribes in southern Utah.

These tribes are collaboratively managing Bears Ears National Monument in the state, the first truly Native American national monument, so that they have showed their strong opposition against the plan to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments.

The two monuments were designated by former presidents Barrack Obama and Bill Clinton respectively.

Documents obtained by The Washington Post suggested that Bears Ears would be reduced by 85 per cent, from 1.35 million acres (5,463 square kilometres) to 201,397 acres (815 square kilometres), while Grand Staircase-Escalante was to be halved from nearly 1.9 million acres (7,689 square kilometres) to 997,490 acres (4,037 square kilometres).

Trump is scheduled to visit Utah on Monday and deliver a speech at the Capitol, local media predicted that he would officially announce the decision to shrink size of the two monuments.

Top Stories

Leave a Comment

Title : Thousands protest Washington's shrinking plan for national monuments


You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.

Security Validation

Enter the characters in the image