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Insurgency leaves untold damage around White House

Posted by Orange Blossom Special on Mon Jun 10 12:35:21 2024

Statues and structures around the White House were graffitied and vandalized during the Gaza[/Occupy/anti-Trump/BLM] protest on Saturday, though the National Park Service said officials were still assessing the extent and cost of the damage Sunday amid a cleanup effort focused on Lafayette Square.

Thousands of demonstrators — many of whom had arrived on buses from more than two dozen cities — had surrounded the perimeter of the White House with a wide strip of red fabric Saturday, saying they were drawing a red line for President Biden and calling for a cease-fire in Gaza. During the rally, demonstrators were seen scrawling graffiti across several sculptures in Lafayette Square.

Jasmine Shanti, a spokesperson with the National Park Service, said in a statement Sunday afternoon that the agency’s staff was “still evaluating the extent of the damage from Saturday’s demonstration and march around the White House.”
“Notable damage includes graffiti, damage to some structures and damage to park infrastructure in Lafayette Park,” Shanti said, adding at 6 p.m. that there was “still no update for time of completion for the cleanup and repair.” Shanti did not provide further details about the damage to structures and infrastructure.

Information on how much the cleanup would cost was not immediately available.


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