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Angry clashes in Washington DC as protesters set up ‘occupied zone’ and try to topple Andrew Jackson statue

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THERE were vicious clashes between protesters and cops in Washington DC as demonstrators tried to set up an “occupied zone” and topple the Andrew Jackson statue. 

On Monday night, enraged people took to the streets near the White House as they tried to pull down the monument to the former United States president.

Protestors try to pull down statue of U.S. President Andrew Jackson in front of the White House in Washington
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The demonstrations continued around Black Lives Matter Plaza In Washington, DC
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Protesters clashed with police during attempt to pull down statue of U.S. President Andrew Jackson
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Cops managed to disperse the crowds
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WUSA-TV reported that DC police used pepper spray to move protesters out of Lafayette Square, where the Jackson statue is located, as helicopters flew low overhead.

Videos posted on social media showing angry protesters climbed on the statue, tying ropes around it, and tried to force it from he pedestal.

The statue depicts Jackson in a military uniform, riding a horse that is rearing on its hind legs – but protesters gathered en masse this week to tear it down.
Hundreds of people locked arms to pull it down after the 19th century president’s treatment of Native Americans made the monument a target.
Jackson remains in its place but protesters damaged the wooden wheels of four replica canons at its base, reported The Washington Post.
Police managed to stop another autonomous zone from being established, reports said

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The violence exploded in DC on Monday[/caption]

Clashes between police and protesters in Washington DC
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“Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Andrew Jackson’s got to go,” protesters shrieked as they threw rope around the statue of the controversial seventh president.

Officers also prevented people from establishing another “Black House Autonomous Zone” near President Donald Trump’s residence.

Around 150 and 200 US Park and DC police moved to disperse the rioters, pushing them back toward H Street Northwest.

The civil unrest in the nation’s capital resulted in at least two arrests for assaulting a police officer after four cops were injured when people began to throw things at them.

This follows a month of demonstrations around the country sparked by George Floyd‘s police custody death on May 25.

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Protesters flee after clashing with US Park Police[/caption]

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A police officer can be seen falling to the ground[/caption]

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A woman screams at cops as people try to tear down the monument[/caption]

Lafayette Park has been the site of noteworthy clashes involving protesters and police.

The United States Secret Service ordered members of the White House press corps to vacate the grounds immediately with no explanation, according to CNN.

Trump issued his law and order warned on Twitter this evening, decrying to “numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson.”

“In addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street,” he raged on Twitter. “10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!”

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The same woman is hit with pepper spray[/caption]

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A demonstrator is knocked to the ground  [/caption]

On June 1, cops drove protesters away from Lafayette Park for Trump’s photo op at St John’s Church.

The chaos continued over in Washington state, as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced cops would finally return to Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, the city’s occupied zone, after two shootings last weekend and pleaded with protesters to leave.
On Monday, Durkan said she was hoping people would “voluntarily” vacate the ceded territory surrounding Cal Anderson Park after a weekend of violence, which resulted the death of a 19-year-old man and at least three hospitalizations.


Durkan has now confirmed police officers would be retaking the East Precinct in the area “peacefully and in the near future” – two weeks after she ordered they retreat amid protests.
But a left-wing Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant unfounded claimed the fatal shooting of teenage rapper Lorenzo Anderson in the city’s “no cop” zone was a “left wing attack.”
However, a spokesperson for Durkan said it’s “premature” to speculate on what led to the shooting, who committed it, or whether it was related to the protests, KOMO News reported.

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Police clash with protestors attempting to pull down statue of U.S. President Andrew Jackson in front of the White House in Washington[/caption]

 



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