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WATCH: Here’s All The Damage Rioters Did To Monuments And Memorials In Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, USA - JUNE 1: Police intervene in protesters with tear gas near White House during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer in Washington, United States on June 1, 2020. (Photo by
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Rioters on Sunday night rampaged across the nation’s capital, defacing monuments and memorials and setting fire to St. John’s Episcopal Church, known as the church of presidents because of its proximity to the White House.

St. John’s, built in 1816 and located just across Lafayette Square, has been visited by every president from James Madison on. Abe Lincoln prayed in the church shortly before the end of the Civil War.

Fires raged across Washington, D.C., and several other national monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, were defaced by rioters.

“In the wake of last night’s demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall,” the National Park Service (NPS) for the National Mall said in a tweet on Sunday.

Fox News later reported that the fire at St. John’s, which began in the parish office of the church, was extinguished by D.C. firefighters.

At the Lincoln Memorial, someone spray-painted “Y’all not tired yet?”

The World War II Memorial was also defaced, with someone scrawling “Do black vets count?”

An NPS worker was later seen using a power washer to remove the paint on the war memorial.

Near Lafayette Square, other buildings were also defaced.

Near the Washington Monument, a rioter spray-painted “no more black bodies.”

In Richmond, Virginia, the Robert E. Lee statue and Daughters of Confederacy building were also defaced by demonstrators.

Nationwide, protesters demanded justice for George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died after a police officer arresting him for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 bill knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes on May 25. Videos shot by bystanders shows white Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, even as Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. Several other officers are seen nearby, but none took action.

At the White House, exterior lights were turned off late Sunday, with Fox News noting that this was done so Secret Service could use night-vision equipment to monitor protesters.

In violent clashes, at least 60 Secret Service agents were injured, many by bottles and Molotov cocktails thrown by protesters in Lafayette Park.

A Trump administration official said Sunday that the violence in the protests is being driven by Antifa, an anti-fascist group President Trump declared would soon be designated a “terrorist organization.”

“This is being driven by Antifa,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “And they did it in Seattle. They have done it in Portland. They have done it in Berkeley. This is a destructive force of radical — I don’t even know if we want to call them leftists. Whatever they are, they’re — they’re militants who are coming in and burning our cities, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it.”

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