Just as the city officials in Seattle seem to have decided enough is enough of the autonomous zone there, now radicals are at it trying to set up one in Washington, D.C. right near the White House.
Rioters assembled on Monday, broke through the gate in Lafayette Park, trying to rip down a monument of President Andrew Jackson in the Square. They vandalized it and had ropes on it, working on pulling it down. Jackson is the founder of the Democratic Party.
#BREAKING: Protesters have opened the fence surrounding the Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Square and have climbed on top.
— Jess Arnold (@JessArnoldTV) June 22, 2020
Rioters in Lafayette Square in Washington DC are trying to topple over a statue of President Andrew Jackson
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 23, 2020
Police were able to retake the area, which ticked off the rioters who then tried to fight with the police. Bad idea. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Protesters and police actively fighting with each other. Protesters weren’t able to tear down the statue of President Andrew Jackson (police have pushed them back) pic.twitter.com/uXR3FZFjUB
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) June 23, 2020
The rioters also vandalized historic St. John’s Church, which had previously been set ablaze by rioters on May 31. The Church is known as the church of the presidents, famous for having served many prior presidents.
This time, they spray painted BHAZ on the columns of the church, standing for “Black House Autonomous Zone” and they tried to set up an autonomous zone.
St. John’s Church has been vandalized with spray paint reading BHAZ (Black House Autonomous Zone) pic.twitter.com/8D7UITVTK0
— Richie?McG? (@RichieMcGinniss) June 23, 2020
BLACK AUTONOMOUS ZONE FORMING OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSEpic.twitter.com/LRmZLQzE5U
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) June 22, 2020
Simmering tensions as #DC #MetroPolice hold the line against #BHAZ protestors just north of Lafayette Park.
The group has spray painted BHAZ on historic #stjohnschurch #DC #autonomouszone #BlackHouseAutonomousZone pic.twitter.com/Y1RcKn2vyt
— Kevin Corke (@kevincorke) June 23, 2020
Washington BLM trying to set up a “Black House autonomous zone” outside the White house… vandalising the historic St Johns church with BHAZ graffiti and trying to take down a statue of Andrew Johnson…. this is not peaceful protest folks, no matter how you skew it. pic.twitter.com/nGDhhDtaya
— Find Your Own Truth (@rejectfakenews) June 23, 2020
Some in the crowd started a fire in the street and wanted others to make it bigger. Other people said it was a bad idea and put it out. The people who wanted to keep the fire going got upset. pic.twitter.com/QC6i53nglF
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 23, 2020
Right now most of the people have gone home. There are still some barricades up and some tents. But right now there are a few left, nose to nose with the cops. Cops may just be waiting for most to clear out before they clear the streets.