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June 22, 2020, 10:56 p.m. EDT

Protesters try to pull down Andrew Jackson statue in Washington D.C.

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By Associated Press


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Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on Monday.

WASHINGTON — Protesters tried to pull down a statue of President Andrew Jackson near the White House on Monday night before being dispersed by police.

WUSA-TV in Washington reported that police used pepper spray to move protesters out of Lafayette Square, where the Jackson statue is located. Videos posted on social media showed that the protesters had climbed on the statue and tied ropes around it, then tried to pull it off its pedestal.

The statue shows Jackson in a military uniform, riding a horse that is rearing on its hind legs. The 19th century president’s ruthless treatment of Native Americans has made his statue a target of demonstrators protesting the United States’ legacy of racial injustice.

The Jackson statue remained on its pedestal Monday night.

On June 1, law enforcement officers forcefully cleared peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square so President Donald Trump could stage a photo op at a nearby church.

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