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NYC protesters vandalize statue with ‘ACAB’ graffiti after chaos erupts with multiple arrests

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NYC protesters vandalize statue with ‘ACAB’ graffiti after chaos erupts at protest with multiple arrests

  • A group of hundreds of protesters were seen marching through Manhattan on Thursday before vandalizing a statue in Columbus Circle 
  • Several protesters were seen brawling with NYPD officers while others threw an unidentified liquid at them
  • One protester was seemingly heard on video attempting to spit on cops 
  • Dozens of police officers were seen carrying zip ties in the aftermath 
  • Protesters also defaced the USS Maine National Monument in Columbus Circle near Central Park with anti-cop graffiti
  • The NYPD tweeted it was trying to ‘deescalate the situation’ to prevent further damage 
  • The protest was part of weekly ‘Stonewall Protests’ with black trans lives matter protesters which are ‘centered on the acknowledgment of all black life’

Black trans lives matter protesters and cops came to blows Thursday night after the protesters apparently sprayed a statue near Central Park with anti-cop graffiti and red paint resembling blood.

A group of hundreds of protesters were seen marching through Manhattan on Thursday before vandalizing a statue in Columbus Circle and clashing with police during a chaotic melee.

Several protesters were seen brawling with NYPD officers while others threw an unidentified liquid at them, video shows. One protester was seemingly heard on video attempting to spit on cops.

‘What the f**k is wrong with you,’ one person on the video screams at police.

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A group of hundreds of protesters were seen marching through Manhattan on Thursday before vandalizing a statue in Columbus Circle

Protesters were seen on videos posted to Twitter defacing the USS Maine National Monument at a gateway to Central Park

Protesters were seen on videos posted to Twitter defacing the USS Maine National Monument at a gateway to Central Park

Dozens of police officers were seen carrying zip ties in the aftermath – and the department tweeted it was trying to ‘deescalate the situation’ to prevent further damage.

‘We respect’s everyone right to peacefully protest, but vandalism is not part of peaceful protest. We are working to de-escalate the situation to prevent further damage from occurring,’ the NYPD tweeted.

The protest was part of weekly ‘Stonewall Protests’ – which according to its Instagram are ‘demonstrations by black queer and black trans activists centered on the acknowledgment of all black life.’

An NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com that at least two people had been arrested in Columbus Circle for the protest, though did not have their charges immediately available. 

The march was a part of the Stonewall Protests, which happen weekly in support of 'all black lives'

The march was a part of the Stonewall Protests, which happen weekly in support of ‘all black lives’

Protesters were seen carrying signs that read ‘Justice for Ma’Khia Bryant’ before vandalizing the USS Maine National Monument and clashing with police.

The USS Maine National Monument, created in 1912, is dedicated to the men who were on board the ship when it exploded in Havana harbor in 1898, contributing to the onset of the Spanish-American War.  

Graffiti on the USS Maine monument included the text ‘Stonewall was a riot,’ ‘ACAB’ and ‘F**k 12’ – a reference for police.

The group had started marching near the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street, the site of a series of violent riots that led to the advancement of equality for the LGBTQ community.

The protesters were seen marching from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street to Central Park

The protesters were seen marching from the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street to Central Park

People claimed on Twitter that the NYPD started arresting protesters after a majority had already dispersed

People claimed on Twitter that the NYPD started arresting protesters after a majority had already dispersed

The Twitter account Protest NYC claimed that the group had participated in a ‘night of peaceful protesting’ before the massive brawl.

‘NYPD waited for most protesters to leave, and then swarmed those remaining on the sidewalk. Police targeted organizers,’ the account claimed.

‘Over 200 police surrounded the park where the peaceful protest against police violence had already dispersed to arrest organizers.’ 

The Stonewall protest also came after the larger March on Broadway which started at Columbus Circle earlier in the day before proceeding towards Times Square and the theater district.

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