By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Following a nationwide protests against racism and police brutality the United States National Guard is deploying “unarmed personnel” to protect Confederate monuments in the District of Columbia.
National Guard spokesman, Major Robert Perino, made this disclosure in a statement to CNN.
“The District of Columbia National Guard is responding to a request to support law enforcement officials and has dispatched unarmed personnel, with others on stand-by,”
“Activated Guardsmen are expected to provide security for local monuments and critical infrastructure,” Perino said.
President Donald Trump and other right-wing officials have been vocal of the way the protesters are destroying the oldest traces of racism and slavery in America after the police brutal killing of an African American, George Floyd.
“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the US with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act,” he tweeted.
Confederate monuments have been a target of Black Lives Matters activists over their racist origins.
The protesters have recently been trying to topple the statue of President Jackson in the Lafayette directly in front of the White House.
“I just left Lafayette Square where another so called ‘peaceful protest’ led to destruction tonight,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt tweeted on Monday.
“Let me be clear: we will not bow to anarchists. Law and order will prevail, and justice will be served,” Bernhardt added.
The latest move comes amid concerns that drawing the National Guard into the equation could complicate the situation and widen the gap even further.
“After we make an initial determination of which agency had command and control of the law enforcement operations, we will conduct a review of Park Police actions accordingly,” an inspector general spokesperson said Monday.