On the night of 31 May 2020, a protest march on the White House descended into violence with buildings and vehicles being torched, and police responding to the disorder with rounds of tear gas.
The parish office of the historic episcopal Saint John’s Church close to the White House was set on fire in the middle of the night, with the fire being brought under control at around 11pm, according to the Daily Mail.
Earlier, police used flash bangs and rubber bullets to move protesters away from the US Capitol, with a number of protesters being hit by police rounds in the process. At the same time, the hatred and hostility directed at the police by many of the protesters demonstrated a level of incivility barely matched in recent times.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has called for Antifa to be designated a terrorist organisation. Antifa is a loose coalition of organisations, at least one of which has received financing from George Soros-financed organisations. The designation of Antifa as a domestic terrorist organisation will give the US Government the right to start tracing the source of the organisations’ funding and organisation support.
Meanwhile, the family of George Floyd have called on people not tear up their towns in response to the killing of Mr. Floyd.
“[S]ometimes I get angry, I want to bust some heads, too,” Terrence Floyd told ABC News. “I wanna … just go crazy. But I’m here. My brother wasn’t about that. My brother was about peace. You’ll hear a lot of people say he was a gentle giant.”
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