US Soldiers Amassed on Steps of Lincoln Memorial After Pentagon Alert

16:00  03 june  2020
16:00  03 june  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Rioters defaced Lincoln Memorial on Sunday as the capital city descended into chaos. They also looted stores and burned buildings including historic St. John’s Church located a block away from the White House. The next day, the president called in active-duty military forces to defend the city.

For those of you just joining us after a news break, it’s worth taking a look this photo of camouflaged and masked US troops at the Lincoln Memorial in the Members of the DC National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest against police

Troops lined the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as they overlooked protests in Washington D.C., highlighting increased presence at demonstrations after President Donald Trump's threats of military intervention to bring order across the nation.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Members of the D.C. National Guard line the steps of the Lincoln Memorial amid protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on June 2, 2020. © Win McNamee/Getty Images Members of the D.C. National Guard line the steps of the Lincoln Memorial amid protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, on June 2, 2020.

Photos of the soldiers, members of the D.C. National Guard, have spread widely on social media after they were captured on Tuesday evening.

Martha Raddatz, of ABC News, shared photos from the site and wrote: "Your Lincoln Memorial this evening."

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Crowds marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on Tuesday (June 2) under the watchful eyes of the National Guard stationed on the steps leading up to the memorial .

The Lincoln Memorial is an American national memorial built to honor the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln . It is located on the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C

Her images have been shared more than 25,000 times at time of writing.

The sight drew criticism from some, who expressed shock at the scene of military forces along the memorial.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) shared Raddatz's photo and wrote: "Trump would do well to heed the words etched into that memorial as Americans risk being teargassed around it: "With malice toward none; with charity for all...let us strive...to bind up the nation's wounds...to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace."

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The number of steps on the Lincoln Memorial is significant. Some assume the 57 steps leading to the chamber equal his age at his death; however Let’s start with one of the more understandable myths that he is buried underneath the stone structure. However, after his death, Lincoln ’s body was taken

National Guard troops were deployed to stand guard at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, to prevent further vandalism of the site after it was defaced with graffiti by activists over the weekend. Ralph Northam (D) of Virginia denied the request for assistance from the Pentagon .

Rep Jim Himes (D-CT) wrote that he found the image "deeply troubling."

"I was born in South America in a decade of military dictatorship. Never would I have imagined that this scene could happen in America," he said.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) tweeted: "I never thought I'd live to see the day when troops would be guarding the Lincoln memorial."

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) questioned whether those who viewed the image wanted Trump to remain as president.

He tweeted: "This picture at the hallowed Lincoln Memorial is what America now looks like under @realDonaldTrump . Do you really want 4 more years of this?"

There were also comments from further afield, with a member of the U.K.'s Parliament Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan sharing the photo and writing: "The Lincoln Memorial.

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Year. 1939. Month Day. April 09. Marian Anderson sings on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial . At the height of the civil rights movement in 1963, these famous words were spoken from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington

The Pentagon Memorial , located just southwest of The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, is a Very peaceful and unique memorial . Be sure to listen to the guides to understand whey the memorial has been built that way.

"In 1963, where the words 'I have a dream' were uttered by MLK, giving hope to millions living with segregation and racism.

"Last night, Trump deployed soldiers. This is America."

However, the move was defended by some, who raised the issue of the site being vandalized.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) wrote: "Americans would it find it much more than "deeply disturbing" if any of our national memorials or monuments continued to be defaced and vandalized by rioters.

Rep. Paul Gosar shared a post of the photo, which branded it disturbing, and raised the issue of Antifa activists, which the president has blamed for outbreaks of violence amid protests.

He said: "Nothing "deeply disturbing" about protecting the Lincoln Memorial from ANTIFA."

Newsweek has contacted the lawmakers mentioned above for comment.

In previous protesting, parts of the National Mall had slogans spray painted on them.

The National Mall NPS previously shared images of this on May 31 and wrote: "In the wake of last night's demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall. For generations the Mall has been our nation's premier civic gathering space for non-violent demonstrations, and we ask individuals to carry on that tradition."

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Shortly after 6 p.m., the sprawling group took a knee in a moment of silence for George Floyd, according to the station. Dozens of military members and police in body armour stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday night overlooking hundreds of protesters in the area.

The Victims of Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon Memorial is a memorial over a group burial site at Arlington National Cemetery in the United States. It commemorates the victims of the Pentagon , which was struck by al-Qaeda terrorists as part of the September 11 attacks.

Newsweek has reached out for further comment following the photos from the memorial on Tuesday.

The presence in Washington D.C. comes after the Pentagon ordered forces and bases in the area to "Force Protection Condition Charlie," as previously reported by Newsweek, a threat condition indicating targeting of military forces or terrorist action is likely.

This follows Trump's push for states to deploy the National Guard in order to stem outbreaks of violence at protests, and his move to federalize the D.C. National Guard.

He has said he will send in troops to areas facing protests, unless governors move to "dominate the streets" with the guard, a suggestion which has been pushed back against.

The demonstrations have spread across the U.S., sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died after a police officer put his knee on his neck while arresting him.

Curfews have been imposed in multiple cities in several states, amid clashes between protesters and authorities, with some having used the protests as a springboard for looting and violence.

Attorney General William Barr previously said "radical" groups had "hijacked" the protests, taking advantage of the situation for ulterior motives.

Newsweek has contacted the National Guard and the White House for comment.

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