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Historic St. John's Church near White House set on fire

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 1, 2020
Multiple fires are blazing near the White House as a day of peaceful protests against police brutality escalated from tense standoffs with law enforcers into rioting and vandalism.
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The St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, a historic landmark located just 300 meters from the White House, was the targeted of apparent arson amid the chaos. Footage from the scene showed flames raging inside. The walls of the church have been tagged with graffiti.

Topics: White House

DC police were forced to use tear gas to disperse crowds of rioters and make a clear path for firefighter trucks to get to the church to put out the flames. It remains unclear how badly the landmark was damaged.

The office of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations on 16th Street Northwest was targeted by vandals too. Its windows were smashed and fire could be seen inside the lobby.

Small fires were started by rioters across the U.S. capital, with plumes of smoke partially covering the Washington Monument.