Protesters gathered at the Lincoln Emancipation memorial Tuesday night said they would return later in the week to tear it down.
It came as Democratic Congresswoman Elenor Holmes Norton announced she would introduce legislation to see the statue removed if the National Park service could not.
Dailymail reports President Trump called on Congress to act Tuesday night after protesters in Washington D.C. were seen burning an American flag.
The president branded the demonstrators ‘lowlifes’, adding that it ‘should be stopped’.
His criticism came after protesters pledged to tear down Lincoln’s Emancipation Memorial in the Capitol, vowing to return to Lincoln Park Thursday night to topple the controversial statue.
Organizers of the protest said they would not be working with the police and would achieve change ‘by any means necessary’ as they crowded near the 150-year-old statue paid for by former enslaved people.
Although paid for by former slaves, the Emancipation Memorial is criticized as it was designed by white people and depicts a former slave in a subservient position to Lincoln.
As the protesters gathered earlier that evening, concrete barriers were installed in front of the White House after attempts to topple a nearby statue of Andrew Jackson on Monday night.
While law enforcement lined up near Lincoln Park and the White House preparing for potential run-ins with protesters, there was no police intervention and demonstrators said they would not be touching the statue Tuesday night.
As the night progressed, groups broke off into various parts of the city where they were pictured climbing street posts to vandalize signs and setting fire to American flags, which angered President Trump.
‘It is [ashame] that Congress doesn’t do something about the lowlifes that burn the American Flag,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘It should be stopped, and now!’
Dozens gathered near the Emancipation Monument for the demonstration organized by The Freedom Neighborhood earlier Tuesday evening with videos showing a woman speaking about the educational events held around the statue being shouted down by protesters.
Protesters calling for it to be taken down say that the former slaves who paid for the statue had no say in how it would be built and that even in its unveiling, abolitionist Fredrick Douglas said it ‘perpetuated negative stereotypes about African Americans’.
The crowd chanted ‘No Justice, No Peace’ as the woman was told to stop speaking.
‘He freed the slaves for political advancement,’ one speaker said, according to WUSA9 journalist Tom Dempsey.
‘Not because he cared, not because he wanted to.
‘And the thing is that when we freed ourselves, we had seven years of progress, the best seven years for black people in the entire American history’.
Police in riot gear were pictured standing in a group on the outskirts of the protest but no run-ins were reported.
‘We’re kicking off the revolution with a series of shutting down the Capitol events and bringing attention to the injustices in the black community starting with Lincoln Park, a statue that embodies the racial undertones of black people being inferior to white people,’ The Freedom Neighborhood said in a social media post.
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