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Protesters Attempt To Tear Down Andrew Jackson Statue, Establish Autonomous Zone In Washington

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Protesters Attempt To Tear Down Andrew Jackson Statue, Establish Autonomous Zone In Washington

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On June 22nd, protesters in Washington, D.C., attempted to take down a statue of former US President Andrew Jackson.

WUSA-TV in Washington reported that police used pepper spray to move protesters out of Lafayette Square, where the Jackson statue is located.

Videos posted on social media showed that the protesters had climbed on the statue and tied ropes around it, then tried to pull it off its pedestal.

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was at the scene, and issued a statement saying: “Let me be clear: we will not bow to anarchists. Law and order will prevail, and justice will be served.”

Protesters Attempt To Tear Down Andrew Jackson Statue, Establish Autonomous Zone In Washington

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Protesters Attempt To Tear Down Andrew Jackson Statue, Establish Autonomous Zone In Washington

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At the same protest, St. John’s Church (the same one that Trump earlier used for a photo op, with police officers opening up a path to it via pepper spray), was vandalized with a sign reading “Black House Autonomous Zone.”

Demonstrators outside the White House declared the “Black House Autonomous Zone,” in apparent imitation of the secessionist enclave in Seattle.

On June 22nd, officials in Seattle ordered protesters to leave the self-declared Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone after a pair of weekend shootings left one person dead and two injured.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best told reporters that her department has no firm timeline for returning to an abandoned police station within the zone.

Mayor Jenny Durkan said it wouldn’t be effective to have authorities clear out the roughly six-block area in the city’s Capitol Hill section.

Officials are working with Black-led organizations and “partners in de-escalation” to get the hundreds of people who have occupied the area to leave, she said.

“It’s time for people to go home,” she said, adding that it was time “to restore order and eliminate the violence on Capitol Hill.”

Andre Taylor, who founded of the anti-police-shooting organization Not This Time! after his brother was killed by Seattle police in 2016, said Monday that he had warned protest organizers that the city would need to retake the area because of the violence.

“That CHOP area is attracting this kind of activity and it’s unsafe,” Taylor said in a Facebook video. “I told them, ’All those people that were supporting you guys, they’re going to start walking away from you, especially all those white people that were following you. … They don’t want to be associated with any part of that violence.”

Protesters Attempt To Tear Down Andrew Jackson Statue, Establish Autonomous Zone In Washington

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Protesters Attempt To Tear Down Andrew Jackson Statue, Establish Autonomous Zone In Washington

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Donald Trump slammed the city’s handling of the situation, tweeting:

“Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”

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