Police clear out protesters trying to create autonomous zone near White House

Duct tape covers the 16th Street NW street sign, renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza NW, near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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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.

This came after protesters attempted to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.

Workers install security fencing and barriers at Lafayette Park near the White House, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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.

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.

The White House is visible behind a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Washington, with the word “Killer” spray painted on its base. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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