(DailyVantage.com) – Last weekend, pro-Palestinian activists protested the Israel-Hamas war by vandalizing the White House with graffiti.
One gate on the White House fence had graffiti with red handprints that looked like blood on the blocks in the gate. The activists also left signs at the barrier that had messages such as “Jews against genocide” and “free Palestine.” There were also paintings and signs telling people to “wake up” and stand with Gaza.
A representative for the police department in Washington, D.C., said the Historical Association for the White House is working with the National Park Service to clean up the spray paint. The Metropolitan Police Chief announced that the police department wants the activists to practice “their First Amendment right to protest” peacefully.
The Washington, D.C., police said that during the protest, the activists were “attempting to vandalize and trespass at the vehicle gate” of the White House. The protesters were enraged by the president’s support of Israel in the Israel-Hamas war. Some passersby heard demonstrators screaming profanities at the president.
The Secret Service’s head of communications, Anthony Guglielmi, said the Secret Service did not make any arrests at the gate. The protestors who tried to enter the gate were discouraged by the Secret Service’s presence and left the gate without further problems. Guglielmi also said the disruptors left the scene sometime after the attempted gate breach.
This past weekend saw thousands of demonstrators in Washington, and they vandalized more than just the gates of the White House. Some protestors damaged statues in the D.C. area. Palestinian flags were left draped around a Benjamin Franklin statue. Some protestors yelled the phrase “Allahu Akbar.” Others were repeatedly calling for a cease-fire in the Middle East, hoping to end the war between Israel and Hamas.
During the pro-Palestinian activist demonstrations, there were several cases of sculptures being damaged and graffitied. Some protestors vandalized a metro station. A few emergency responder vehicles were also damaged. Only one man was in custody for the “Destruction of Property,” even though there were thousands of protestors marching in D.C.
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