Graffiti Daubed DC Monuments
MONUMENTS in Washington have been defaced during a weekend of protests and unrest over the death of George Floyd.
Pictures from the capital showed graffiti on sites including the Lincoln Memorial and the World War Two Memorial.
Cities around the US have seen peaceful demonstrations as well as rioting and vandalism following Floyd’s death during an arrest on Monday.
In a viral clip, Floyd, an African-American, could be seen facedown telling Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, “I can’t breathe”, as Chauvin knelt on his neck.
Floyd died a short time later after suffering what police called a “medical incident”, sparking a wave of unrest that started in Minnesota before spreading elsewhere.
Graffiti daubed on the fountain at the World War Two memorial read: “Do Black Vets Count?”
A National Park Service worker was seen using a power washer to remove the paint on Sunday.
A message on a wall outside the Lincoln Memorial also read: “Y’all Not Tired Yet?”
WHITE HOUSE PROTESTS
Protests yesterday led to the activation of the National Guard in Washington DC and a number of other cities.
Pictures showed clashes between demonstrators and secret service personnel clad in riot gear outside the White House.
There were also reports of people trying to break through a security barrier and of police using tear gas as part of attempts to control the crowd.
At least 17 protesters were arrested across the city, while 29 police vehicles were damaged and 11 officers were reported injured.
One officer sustained a broken leg after being hit by a brick.
Taking to twitter following the unrest at the White House, President Trump wrote: “Great job last night at the White House by the U.S. @SecretService.
Author: Christy Cooney