On Saturday night, a group of protesters and rioters opposing Israel gathered outside the White House. Some of the demonstrators engaged in destructive behavior, damaging security fencing and throwing objects at the police.
The protesters were vocal in their demands for a ceasefire and the liberation of Palestine, as they waved Palestinian flags. Additionally, they chanted a slogan related to Yemen, expressing their support for a particular cause. Following the demonstration, the U.S. Secret Service informed Fox News Digital that certain fences were indeed damaged, leading to the relocation of staff members and journalists.
“During the demonstration near the White House complex Jan. 13, a portion of the anti-scale fencing that was erected for the event sustained temporary damage,” the statement read. “The issues were promptly repaired on site by U.S. Secret Service support teams.”
“As a precaution, some members of the media and staff in proximity to Pennsylvania Avenue were temporarily relocated while the issue was being addressed,” the statement continued. “The Secret Service made no arrests associated with the march and there was no property damage to the White House or adjacent buildings.”
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Pamela A. Smith strongly condemned the unlawful actions of protesters in an official statement issued on Saturday evening.
“The right to peacefully protest is one of the cornerstones of our democracy, and the Metropolitan Police Department has long supported those who visit our city to demonstrate safely,” Smith’s statement read. “However, violence, destructive behavior, and criminal activities are not tolerated.”
The demonstrators in Lafayette Park assaulted several officers, as stated by the police chief.
“While a majority of today’s demonstration remained peaceful, there were instances of illegal and destructive behavior in Lafayette Park, including items being thrown at our officers,” Smith explained. “We are supporting our partners at the United States Park Police as they investigate and hold those found responsible accountable for their actions.”