Protesters in Washington have tried, Monday, to put to earth a statue located in front of the White House of former president Andrew Jackson, who supported slavery, before being pushed back by the forces of law and order.
At the end of the day, the protesters crossed the security perimeter reinforced around the White House since the beginning of the wave of protests against the racism that has engulfed the country, and hung in long ropes to the statue of the seventh and controversial american president to try to drop it, without succeeding, according to images circulating on social networks.
On one side of the statue, located on Lafayette Square, the word “killer” (“killer”) was written in black letters, has found an AFP journalist.
Andrew Jackson, who occupied the White House from 1829 to 1837, is a controversial figure particularly for his past slavery and because he has also remained in history for having massively made to deport the indian tribes.
“We had ropes, chains, a pulley to pull and we were going to (…) drop the statue”, said to AFP, on Monday, a protester, aged twenty years, who preferred to remain anonymous.
“The police attacked us and started to use of pepper gas,” said another protester, Raymond Spaine, 52 years old, is cleaning the eyes.
Hundreds of people were still gathered on Monday evening, on the newly renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza, a helicopter flying over the area while the police continued to disperse the gathering with shots of pepper.
The protest triggered after the death of the black American George Floyd, asphyxiated by a white policeman at the end of may, has reopened the debate around monuments linked to slavery, several of which have been knocked down or vandalized.
In Washington, a statue of the general of the south Albert Pike has been put down and degraded on Friday night.
President Donald Trump is an admirer of president Andrew Jackson, that he has in the past hailed as the first president “populist”.
Five days after his inauguration, Donald Trump had displayed the portrait of his distant predecessor in the oval Office. He had also laid a wreath at the tomb of the latter to his plantation in Tennessee (the south) to the 250th anniversary of his birth.