July 29, 2021

Protesters tear through D.C. after National Guard troops and Secret Service keep them from the White House

Downtown Washington, D.C., was filled with flames and broken glass in the early hours of Sunday morning as large groups of protesters moved through the city for the second straight night.

The protesters caused extensive damage to businesses in the blocks surrounding the White House after a large contingent of law enforcement — including National Guard troops, the U.S. Park Police and the Secret Service — kept the demonstrators back from the president’s residence.

Protesters lit fires at multiple locations around the city and clashed with law enforcement, hurling fireworks and other projectiles at the officers. Some protesters sprayed graffiti and broke windows in the city’s downtown area. Officers from Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department and the other federal agencies pushed back against the demonstrators with riot shields, batons and tear gas.

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