Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Rioters Near White House Try To Tear Down Presidential Statue, Set Up ‘Black House Autonomous Zone’

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Rioters in Washington, D.C. tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson near the White House on Monday while others set up a new “autonomous zone” nearby.
The attack on the Jackson statue comes after rioters have destroyed other presidential statues including statues of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Ulysses S. Grant. On Sunday, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City announced that they were removing a statue of Theodore Roosevelt.
Rioters are pulling down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square in DC.


— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 23, 2020
Daily Caller reporter Shelby Talcott was on scene and took video of the rioters trying to destroy the statue as law enforcement officials arrived on scene to stop the destruction of property.
Police have arrived at the White House where protesters were trying to tear down a statue and build an autonomous zone. Tensions are high: pic.twitter.com/TFnkOR8cs6

— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) June 23, 2020
Not far away from the statue, “protesters had pushed construction barriers and sections of metal fence into the street in the area to create roadblocks,” The Washington Post reported. “Someone had posted a sign spray-painted on plywood: ‘BHAZ: Black House Autonomous Zone.'”
New York Post reporter Ebony Bowden tweeted a video showing the area, writing: “Looks like another autonomous zone is springing up — this one outside the White House. Protesters are fortifying barricades in what they’re calling ‘BHAZ’ – Black House Autonomous Zone. Wonder how long President Trump will allow this to last on his doorstep.” 
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