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US Troops guard steps of Lincoln Memorial amid protest

05:35  03 june  2020
05:35  03 june  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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A presidential move to federalize National Guard troops is rare, occurring about 12 times since the mid-1900s, mostly during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s The governors of Virginia and New York said on Sunday they were placing their National Guards on standby amid protests in their states.

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Dozens of National Guard troops were positioned on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday night as protests in Washington, D.C., entered their fifth consecutive day following the death of George Floyd.

a group of people in front of a building: Troops guard steps of Lincoln Memorial amid protest © Getty Troops guard steps of Lincoln Memorial amid protest

In an extraordinary scene, troops stood in separate rows along the steps of the monument as a throng of protesters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool. Some law enforcement officials were pictured wearing "military police" vests in front of a barricade that was positioned in front of the steps.

The appearance of a band of troops at one of the nation's most iconic monuments came as protests escalated throughout the nation in response to the death of Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.

Protests in cities throughout the U.S. have devolved into violent confrontations between police and protesters, and have also led to the looting and vandalism of property. In Washington, D.C., fires were set ablaze near the White House and historic landmarks, including the Lincoln Memorial, became the targets of vandalism over the weekend.

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A presidential move to federalize National Guard troops is rare, occurring about 12 times since the mid-1900s, mostly during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, according to the It was not invoked in protests following the deaths of other black men in recent years in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore.

More than 17,000 National Guard troops have already been activated in 23 states and the District of Columbia to help with security and crowd control He promised to “dominate” the street with National Guard troops . White House officials did not immediately provide details of what the active-duty

Trump has responded to the violence by threatening to activate the military in cities that do not quell the unrest.

Tensions boiled over in Washington on Monday after law enforcement fired pepper bullets and flash bangs towards throngs of protestors peacefully demonstrating outside the White House. The move was followed by a visit from President Trump to St. John's Episcopal Church, a target of arsonists the previous night, where he held a Bible aloft during a photo-op.

Several lawmakers condemned the president's move, calling it unnecessary show of force against a peaceful demonstration

Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Tuesday asked state National Guards to send some of their troops to assist local and federal police and the D.C. National Guard, according to The Washington Post.

Troops from Indiana, South Carolina, and Tennessee were expected to arrive by Tuesday night in the capital. Maryland and Ohio has also sent troops to the district. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said that he refused the Pentagon's request.

Huge throngs of protestors remained in separate parts of the city as Washington D.C. entered its 7 p.m. curfew.

For 48 hours, the nation’s capital was gripped by chaos. Then everything changed. .
Self-policing by protesters and a massive show of force helped Washington step back from the brink, officials and experts say.Boos erupted around him, and he was pelted with water bottles. “Don’t give them a reason!” someone screamed. A chant — “Peaceful protest” — rumbled to life in the same place where, a day earlier, demonstrators had been tear-gassed and hit with rubber pellets to clear the way for President Trump’s visit to St. John’s Episcopal Church. The young man climbed down and was carried out of the crowd.

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