UPDATED 12:45 PM PT — Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Police surrounded the White House on Wednesday to clear out protesters, who were trying to set up what they called the ‘Black House Autonomous Zone.’ D.C. authorities have reportedly been working to remove tents and fences to keep the area near the newly renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza and H Street open.
Protesters outside the White House are attempting to declare a “Black House Autonomous Zone”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) June 22, 2020
This came after protesters attempted to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.
Protestors in Washington, D.C. tearing down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the president responsible for the Trail of Tears and a hero to President Trump. Video courtesy of @jonathanchase_ pic.twitter.com/MH2t4m7MT9
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) June 23, 2020
President Trump has denounced their actions as a “sneak attack.” He vowed to do more to crack down on those who are defacing and destroying monuments amid the national unrest.
— Team Trump (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@TeamTrump) June 23, 2020
The National Guard will reportedly be sending members to assist police in protecting D.C.’s national monuments. In a statement, guard spokesman Major Robert Perino announced members will be unarmed and are expected to remain on duty until July 4th.
As many as 400 guard members were expected to be activated.