Rioters vandalize monuments at the National Mall, including Lincoln, World War II memorials

by Peter Heck · Jun 1st, 2020 11:12 am

Rioters and protesters defaced several national monuments in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, according to the National Park Service.

"In the wake of last night's demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall," the department said on Twitter. "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."

The Lincoln Memorial had the words, "y'all not tired yet?" scrawled across it, while the World War II Memorial had been spray painted with the question, "do black vets count?" The giant statue of American Revolution general and "father of the American cavalry" Casimir Pulaski was also marred with profanity.

The National Mall previously has been the site of high-profile, non-violent protests in American history, including the famous March on Washington in 1963 led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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