Warsaw to help restore Washington Kosciuszko memorial

The Washington memorial has been sprayed with slogans criticising racism and US President Donald Trump. Marek Walkuski/Twitter

Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski has declared the city's help in restoring a memorial to Polish and US national hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko, located in front to the White House in Washington DC.

The memorial was destroyed on Sunday night by rioters protesting against last week's killing of Afro-American George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Floyd's death has sparked hefty protests throughout the US.

The Washington memorial has been sprayed with slogans criticising racism and US President Donald Trump.

On Monday, Trzaskowski wrote on Twitter that he had declared Warsaw's help in the memorial's renovation after discussing the matter with US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher.

Tadeusz Kosciuszko (February 4 or 12, 1746 – October 15, 1817) was a Polish–Lithuanian military leader proclaimed a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and the United States. Kosciuszko fought in Poland's struggles against Russia and Prussia, and on the American side in the American Revolutionary War.

As Supreme Commander of the Polish National Armed Forces, he led the 1794 Kosciuszko Uprising, after which Poland was ultimately partitioned by Russia, Prussia and Austria.