Protesters in Washington, DC, fall and fire Confederate statue – NBC News

20June 2020

Protesters in Washington, D.C., fell and set ablaze a statue of a Confederate basic Friday night.

Demonstrators took apart the statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike by covering 2 ropes around it and pulling it to the ground. Dozens of individuals cheered and filmed the statue's crash, according to

video taken by NBC Washington. The statue was then obviously doused with lighter fluid and lit on fire. The group who tore it down were not part of earlier Juneteenth celebrations, the

Cops outside the neighboring Metropolitan Police Department headquarters prevented a confrontation with protesters and saw the statue burn for several minutes prior to roughly a dozen officers put the small blaze out with fire extinguishers, NBC Washington reported.

Protesters attempt to topple a statue of Albert Pike late on June 19, 2020.Jonathan Ernst/ Reuters

President Donald Trump slammed the authorities on Twitter.

“The D.C. Police are refraining from doing their job as they see a statue be ripped down & & burn. These people must be immediately jailed,” Trump wrote, tagging the city's mayor, Muriel Bowser, a Democrat whom he has actually criticized various times recently. “A disgrace to our Country!”

Some demonstrators read his tweet aloud on a bullhorn and cheered beside the fallen statue,

The Associated Press reported. After the statue fell, a lot of protesters returned peacefully to Lafayette Park near the White House, the AP stated.

Demonstrators gather around the statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike after it was toppled by protesters and set on fire in Washington, D.C., early on June 20, 2020.Jonathan Ernst/ Reuters

“The statue in question sits in a federal park and therefore is within the jurisdiction of National Park Service and the United States Park Police,” the Metropolitan Police Department said in a declaration. “No arrests were made.”

The National Park Service and the U.S. Park Police did not right away react to telephone call requesting comment.

The statue of Pike was erected in 1901 at the request of the Free Masons. Civil rights activists and federal government officials in the District have worked for years to have it gotten rid of, however the racial tensions that have spilled into the streets in current weeks after George Floyd passed away while in cops custody have actually brought a brand-new focus to Confederate statues throughout the nation.

Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's nonvoting congressional delegate, presented legislation in 2017 to get rid of the statue, and reestablished it in 2015, according to NBC Washington.

“Ever because 1992, members of the DC Council have actually been calling on the federal gov't to remove the statue of Confederate Albert Pike (a federal memorial on federal land),” Washington D.C.'s city council said on Twitter. “We unanimously restored our call to Congress to remove it in 2017.”


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