Trump denounces D.C. police for ‘doing nothing’ as protesters overthrow a Confederate monument


On Friday evening, President Donald Trump hit police in Washington D.C., saying they were “doing nothing” as protesters destroyed and burned the statue of a Confederate general.

General Albert Pike’s monument was touched by demonstrators during a demonstration in Raleigh, North Carolina, which also targeted statues of soldiers on a Confederate monument.

The statues were pulled from the ground with ropes around their necks and dragged through the streets before being hung on a road sign.

Another statue was left in front of the Wake Court courthouse.

Amid continued protests against racial inequality taking place across the country, protesters in Washington DC gathered Friday evening at the Albert Pike monument for an event to mark the Juneteenth.

The holiday commemorates the end of slavery in Texas, two years after the 1863 emancipation proclamation that freed slaves elsewhere in the United States.

WASHINGTON D.C .: In the photo, the overturned statue of Confederate General Albert Pike on fire Friday night. President Donald Trump accused D.C. police of `` doing nothing '' and of allowing the statue to be shot in a Twitter rant

WASHINGTON D.C .: In the photo, the overturned statue of Confederate General Albert Pike on fire Friday night. President Donald Trump accused D.C. police of “ doing nothing ” and of allowing the statue to be shot in a Twitter rant

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: A statue of a Confederate soldier was hung from a street sign in Raleigh Friday evening

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: A statue of a Confederate soldier was hung from a street sign in Raleigh Friday evening

President Donald Trump immediately went to Twitter on Friday evening to criticize the destruction of the statue

President Donald Trump immediately went to Twitter on Friday evening to criticize the destruction of the statue

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: Fireworks explode on the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Friday

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: Fireworks explode on the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Friday

WASHINGTON DC: Capitol Police officers stand guard as a small group of protesters chant on the street outside the home of US Senate Majority Officer Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao , Friday

WASHINGTON DC: Capitol Police officers stand guard as a small group of protesters chant on the street outside the home of US Senate Majority Officer Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao , Friday

WASHINGTON D.C .: Protesters prepare to try to overthrow statue of Albert Pike Friday evening

WASHINGTON D.C .: Protesters prepare to try to overthrow statue of Albert Pike Friday evening

WASHINGTON D.C .: Protesters wrapped yellow ropes around the statue and dragged it down

WASHINGTON D.C .: Protesters wrapped yellow ropes around the statue and dragged it down

WASHINGTON D.C .: A Black Lives Matter label was painted on the head of the overturned Pike statue as it burned

WASHINGTON D.C .: A Black Lives Matter label was painted on the head of the overturned Pike statue as it burned

Protesters cheered and chanted “ Black Lives Matter ” as the statue of Pike – the only Confederate statue of D.C. – fell and others called it “ let it burn ”.

The group had come prepared and four demonstrators climbed the statue around 10 p.m. armed with ropes and chains.

Initially, the statue of Pike did not seem to move, but it finally tumbled at 11 p.m. and the demonstrators continued their demonstration in the street.

As the group set it on fire, The Washington Post reported that the police watched and did nothing to intervene.

President Trump targeted the police for dropping the statue, also marking D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser, with whom he has an ongoing feud over who controls the city and its law enforcement.

“The D.C. police are not doing their job watching a statue be torn apart and burned,” Trump said on Twitter.

“These people should be arrested immediately. A shame for our country! ”

Pike was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army who rewrote the words of “Dixie” to inspire the soldiers.

Some claim that he was instrumental in the creation of the Ku Klux Klan, but the Freemasons in whom he was involved insist that the evidence does not support this.

The statue for him was erected in D.C. in 1901.

In another part of the city, a small group of protesters chanted on the street outside the home of the majority leader of the United States Senate, Republican Mitch McConnell, and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

In Raleigh, videos showed hundreds of people gathered around the statues of the State Capitol at the intersection of Salisbury and Hargett streets as night fell after an attempt to bring them down earlier today was stopped by the police.

Protesters huddled around the 75-foot Confederate monument in the city before tying a rope around their neck and pulling them down.

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Two statues of Confederate soldiers were knocked down from a monument on Friday as hundreds of protesters gathered. Police foiled previous attempt to destroy statues

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Two statues of Confederate soldiers were knocked down from a monument on Friday as hundreds of protesters gathered. Police foiled previous attempt to destroy statues

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: After the police were killed, the protesters returned to bring down the statue

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: After the police were killed, the protesters returned to bring down the statue

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: The statues were wrapped in orange ropes to be dragged through the streets of Raleigh

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: The statues were wrapped in orange ropes to be dragged through the streets of Raleigh

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Another of the soldier statues was left outside the Wake Court courthouse

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA: Another of the soldier statues was left outside the Wake Court courthouse

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: People participate in an event to mark the nineteenth Friday evening in Georgia

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: People participate in an event to mark the nineteenth Friday evening in Georgia

NEW YORK CITY: Illegal fireworks light up the sky over the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York on Friday as June 19 celebrations continue through the night

NEW YORK CITY: Illegal fireworks light up the sky over the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York on Friday as June 19 celebrations continue through the night

WASHINGTON DC: A small group of protesters chant on the street outside the home of US Senate Majority Officer Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, at the end of a day of events to mark the Juneteenth

WASHINGTON DC: A small group of protesters chant on the street outside the home of US Senate Majority Officer Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, at the end of a day of events to mark the Juneteenth

WASHINGTON D.C .: Protesters outside the home of US Senate majority chief Mitch McConnell Friday

WASHINGTON D.C .: Protesters outside the home of US Senate majority chief Mitch McConnell Friday

Earlier, protesters had wrapped yellow cords around the necks of the statues before the police removed them.

Police cleared the area after about half an hour, but allowed hundreds of protesters to gather around the base of the monument again.

Other protesters tried to stop the dismantling of the statues leading to skirmishes, according to The News & Observer.

At least one person has been arrested in previous efforts to bring down the statues.

The destruction of the statues occurred as millions of Americans took to the streets on June 19 to celebrate the abolition of slavery.

Earlier today, large groups gathered in Raleigh.

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: A man visits a makeshift memorial to George Floyd near the site where he died in police custody

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA: A man visits a makeshift memorial to George Floyd near the site where he died in police custody

GARDENA, CALIFORNIA: Friends leave candles and flowers at a makeshift memorial for Andres Guardado on Friday as protests against police brutality continue across the country. Los Angeles County Sheriff Detectives Investigate Member's Murder Of Young Man Who Worked As Security Guard In Body Shop

GARDENA, CALIFORNIA: Friends leave candles and flowers at a makeshift memorial for Andres Guardado on Friday as protests against police brutality continue across the country. Los Angeles County Sheriff Detectives Investigate Member’s Murder Of Young Man Who Worked As Security Guard In Body Shop

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS: Protesters with Rockford Youth Activism, a group aligned with the Black Lives Matter, lie face down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during a June 19 march in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died in jail.

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS: Protesters with Rockford Youth Activism, a group aligned with the Black Lives Matter, lie face down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during a June 19 march in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died in jail.

“It’s very important to link Juneteenth and the current climate of what’s going on right now,” said Kerwin Pittman, an organizer of Raleigh Demands Justice, according to The News & Observer.

“We really have to tie these things together because it was the same thing yesterday as it is today. We are still fighting for liberation. We are still fighting for the emancipation of a racist and partisan criminal justice system. ”

Anti-racism marches and peaceful rallies were held to celebrate the lives of black people – while New York and other places officially made the day an official holiday.

Fireworks erupted across the country as the celebrations continued into the night.

An illuminated display above the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia, which has been repeatedly erased by protesters in recent weeks.

Juneteenth celebrations held across the United States are meant to be a commemoration of progress, but this year mass rallies are taking place amid national protests against racial injustice at the hands of law enforcement.

The death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who was killed in police custody, and other minorities brought an increased sense of urgency to call for equality during this year’s celebrations.

Juneteenth revelers this year traded traditional barbecues for walking, organizing sit-ins or caravan events.

In New York, thousands of residents flooded the parks, streets and local squares of the five boroughs on Friday afternoon.

Illegal fireworks went off all night across the city.

At the Columbus Circle, a few hundred protesters in New York clashed with dozens of police near the statue of Christopher Columbus as they called for his descent.

The crowd chanted “shoot him down” as police on bicycles began to deploy to prevent demonstrators from entering the circle.

Millions of Americans took to the streets to organize anti-racism and peaceful protests on June 19, 1865, a holiday celebrating the liberation of enslaved African-Americans in the United States (photo)

Millions of Americans took to the streets to organize anti-racism and peaceful protests on June 19, 1865, a holiday celebrating the liberation of enslaved African-Americans in the United States (photo)

The usually happy Juneteenth celebrations take place in the midst of a period of great racial tension and a surge against police brutality after the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody after a white officer knelt on the neck for almost nine minutes.

The usually happy Juneteenth celebrations take place in the midst of a period of great racial tension and a surge against police brutality after the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody after a white officer knelt on the neck for almost nine minutes.

Several cities, including Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York, have seen thousands of residents gather to commemorate the Juneteenth with peaceful protests, marches, outings, roadblocks and dance parties to combat systematic racism

Several cities, including Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York, have seen thousands of residents gather to commemorate the Juneteenth with peaceful protests, marches, outings, roadblocks and dance parties to combat systematic racism

In the photo: crowds of New Yorkers take part in a march in Brooklyn for the Black Lives Matter and to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth

In the photo: crowds of New Yorkers take part in a march in Brooklyn for the Black Lives Matter and to commemorate the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth

In Los Angeles, a resident by the name of Jasmine Jackson (photo) burned incense during a prayer change during a June 19 celebration on Friday. The altar was decorated with protest posters that read “We are going to breathe! and

In Los Angeles, a resident by the name of Jasmine Jackson (photo) burned incense during a prayer change during a June 19 celebration on Friday. The altar was decorated with protest posters that read “We are going to breathe! and “Say their names!”

Protesters hold up signs and chant slogans demanding racial equality as they parade through downtown Los Angeles on Friday

Protesters hold up signs and chant slogans demanding racial equality as they parade through downtown Los Angeles on Friday

Rein Morton waves a Pan-African flag on horseback during a Juneteenth celebration in Los Angeles on Friday

Rein Morton waves a Pan-African flag on horseback during a Juneteenth celebration in Los Angeles on Friday

A man portraying himself as Jesus Chris rests against a cross during a Black Lives Matter demonstration during events to mark Juneteenth at the Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, D.C (photo)

A man portraying himself as Jesus Chris rests against a cross during a Black Lives Matter demonstration during events to mark Juneteenth at the Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, D.C (photo)

Earlier today, photos of Central Park showed dozens of protesters raising their fists as they walked through the city.

In Brooklyn, a group of masked dancers performed in front of hundreds of Black Lives Matter signs in protest.

A man from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn dressed as an inmate with chains near a makeshift stand reading “Police Reform”.

In Harlem, the organizers have prepared for a march on the nineteenth Saturday which should see an unprecedented number of participants.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that Juneteenth – a combination of the words June and nineteenth – will become a public holiday in New York for workers and students in the city in 2021.

In addition, Governor Andrew Cuomo made June 19 a public service holiday earlier this week.

Protesters reading 'Defund NYPD', 'No Justice, No Peace' and 'Black Lives Matter' were held in the air Friday by protesters in New York as they fought against police brutality

Protesters reading ‘Defund NYPD’, ‘No Justice, No Peace’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ were held in the air Friday by protesters in New York as they fought against police brutality

Rama Guzma (photo) wore overalls and prison chains at a June 19 rally at Barclay's Center in New York's Brooklyn neighborhood

Rama Guzma (photo) wore overalls and prison chains at a June 19 rally at Barclay’s Center in New York’s Brooklyn neighborhood

(left to right) freelance dancers Fana Tesfagiorgis of New York, Danial Moore of Suitland, Maryland, Chawnta Marie of Los Angeles and Krystal Butler of Washington, pose for a performance with hundreds of panels placed along the United States front United. Chamber of Commerce building on H Street and 16th Street Northwest renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington

(left to right) freelance dancers Fana Tesfagiorgis of New York, Danial Moore of Suitland, Maryland, Chawnta Marie of Los Angeles and Krystal Butler of Washington, pose for a performance with hundreds of panels placed along the United States front United. Chamber of Commerce building on H Street and 16th Street Northwest renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington

A man wearing a black solidarity shirt carries a young child as they walk near Central Park as part of a Juneteenth celebration march in New York

A man wearing a black solidarity shirt carries a young child as they walk near Central Park as part of a Juneteenth celebration march in New York

Two women holding protest signs cross downtown Atlanta, Georgia on Friday as dozens of residents gather

Two women holding protest signs cross downtown Atlanta, Georgia on Friday as dozens of residents gather

People raise their hands as they attend an event to mark the Juneteenth in Atlanta Friday

People raise their hands as they attend an event to mark the Juneteenth in Atlanta Friday

Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics players and supporters stand at the base of the Hope Stone while participating in a walk and rally to observe the Juneteenth (photo)

Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics players and supporters stand at the base of the Hope Stone while participating in a walk and rally to observe the Juneteenth (photo)

On Friday, dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters arrived near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to protest police brutality against African Americans and other minorities.

On Friday, dozens of Black Lives Matter protesters arrived near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to protest police brutality against African Americans and other minorities.

“Our city has a lot to be proud of as a place where everyone can come together and do something different. But our city also has a very painful history, ”de Blasio said at a press briefing.

“Slavery was alive and well in New York for a long time. New York City has gained much of its prominence and wealth through slavery.

“Redlining, discrimination in all its forms has existed here in the liberal and progressive city of New York for generations, and in many ways discrimination is alive and well today.

“Structural racism permeates this city in a way that is not yet recognized and recognized. We have to change that. ”

First Lady Chirlane McCray, Blasio’s wife, who is black, said that a racial justice and reconciliation commission will be formed to “ set a final historic record of racial discrimination in New York ”.

De Blasio visited Staten Island on Friday, where community volunteers gathered to paint a second Black Lives Matter mural on the street near the 120th Precinct.

Cordell Cleare, a community activist who sits on the Juneteenth Committee of Masjid Malcolm Shabazz in Harlem, said that the recognition that the holidays now receive is “sad and joyful.”

“ I’m sorry it took all of this, but I’m glad it is finally recognized. It’s sad and joyful at the same time, ” said Cleare The New York Times.

A man wearing a mask and hat in support of President Donald Trump, in the foreground, exchanges words with people attending a June 19 rally in Boston, Massachusetts

A man wearing a mask and hat in support of President Donald Trump, in the foreground, exchanges words with people attending a June 19 rally in Boston, Massachusetts

Demonstration in front of the Brooklyn Museum in New York saw protesters urging that NYPD be removed from local schools and unions, as well as suggested policy changes for public education

Une manifestation tenue devant le Brooklyn Museum de New York a vu des manifestants demander instamment que le NYPD soit retiré des écoles et syndicats locaux, ainsi que des changements de politique suggérés pour l’enseignement public

Vendredi, le maire de New York, Bill de Balsio (centre, masque orange), a rejoint un groupe de volontaires de la communauté de Staten Island pour peindre l'expression «Black Lives Matter» près du 120e arrondissement. De Blasio a annoncé vendredi que Juneteenth deviendrait un jour férié officiel dans la ville

Vendredi, le maire de New York, Bill de Balsio (centre, masque orange), a rejoint un groupe de volontaires de la communauté de Staten Island pour peindre l’expression «Black Lives Matter» près du 120e arrondissement. De Blasio a annoncé vendredi que Juneteenth deviendrait un jour férié officiel dans la ville

Bien que Juneteenth soit légalement reconnu dans 47 États et Washington D.C., des milliers de personnes célébreront l’événement pour la première fois.

“Je ne le savais pas, je ne l’ai pas appris à l’école”, a déclaré un habitant de Brooklyn nommé Kira. «Et j’ai donc dû m’instruire. And I’m black. ”

Les célébrations du 19 juin ont commencé après que l’ancien président Abraham Lincoln a publié pour la première fois la Proclamation d’émancipation le 22 septembre 1862, et elle est entrée en vigueur le 1er janvier suivant.

Mais elle n’a été appliquée dans de nombreux endroits qu’après la fin de la guerre civile en avril 1865. La nouvelle n’a pas atteint les derniers Noirs réduits en esclavage avant le 19 juin de la même année, lorsque les soldats de l’Union ont apporté la nouvelle de la liberté à Galveston, au Texas.

Il n’est pas considéré comme un jour férié fédéral malgré sa reconnaissance au niveau local et étatique.

Brannon Bridgett, un résident de Manhattan âgé de 23 ans, a déclaré qu’il appréciait les fonctionnaires de New York embrassant Juneteenth, mais a fait valoir que ce n’était pas suffisant.

“Je pense que ce devrait être un jour férié fédéral”, a-t-il déclaré. «Je pense que c’est symbolique. Je pense que ce sont les miettes, mais je veux tout le gâteau.

“Ce pays a été construit sur le dos de personnes asservies et le pays n’en a pas tenu compte.”

Alors que les manifestations se poursuivent à travers le pays, les politiciens et les entreprises ont reconnu Juneteenth d’une manière qui ne l’a jamais été auparavant.

De grandes entreprises comme Nike, Google et la National Football League ont toutes déclaré Juneteenth fête des employés.

Le PDG de Twitter, Jack Dorsey, a révélé que Juneteenth deviendrait officiellement un jour férié pour les employés à l’avenir. Il en va de même pour Netlfix, Lyft et Ben & Jerry’s.

Le matin du 19 juin, Tesla a déclaré aux employés qu’ils pouvaient prendre la journée de congé en respectant le Juneteenth – mais ce ne serait pas payé, CNBC reports.

Les gens portent un cercueil symbolique vide drapé d'un drapeau américain lors d'une marche et d'une célébration du 19 juin dans le quartier de Greenwood - la même ville, le président Trump a initialement annoncé un rassemblement électoral avant de déplacer la date sous la pression

Les gens portent un cercueil symbolique vide drapé d’un drapeau américain lors d’une marche et d’une célébration du 19 juin dans le quartier de Greenwood – la même ville, le président Trump a initialement annoncé un rassemblement électoral avant de déplacer la date sous la pression

Vendredi, Mahlikah Awerii (au centre) et Gary Wassaykeesic (à droite) participent à un sit-in «Abolish the police» pour marquer le Juneteenth en Ontario, au Canada.

Vendredi, Mahlikah Awerii (au centre) et Gary Wassaykeesic (à droite) participent à un sit-in «Abolish the police» pour marquer le Juneteenth en Ontario, au Canada.

Vendredi, Bradley Beal de l'équipe NBA des Washington Wizards (au centre) s'est rendu au Mémorial MLK à Washington pour soutenir le mouvement Black Lives Matter.

Vendredi, Bradley Beal de l’équipe NBA des Washington Wizards (au centre) s’est rendu au Mémorial MLK à Washington pour soutenir le mouvement Black Lives Matter.

Bien qu'il ne soit pas considéré comme un jour férié fédéral, Juneteenth est reconnu comme tel par 47 États américains et Washington D.C. Seuls trois autres États, y compris Hawaï, n'ont pas désigné Juneteenth comme jour férié.

Although it’s not considered a federal holiday, Juneteenth is recognized as such by 47 US states and Washington D.C. Only three other states, including Hawaii, have not designated Juneteenth as a state holiday

Large crowds of protesters gather in front of the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday

Large crowds of protesters gather in front of the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday

Brannon Bridgette: 'I think it's symbolic. I think that's the crumbs, but I want the whole cake. 'This country was built on the backs of enslaved people and the country hasn't reckoned with that'

Brannon Bridgette: ‘I think it’s symbolic. I think that’s the crumbs, but I want the whole cake. ‘This country was built on the backs of enslaved people and the country hasn’t reckoned with that’

A number of protesters holding 'Black Lives Matter' signs march near the Mt. Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem ahead of an anticipated march on Saturday, which organizers believe will draw several crwods

A number of protesters holding ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs march near the Mt. Neboh Baptist Church in Harlem ahead of an anticipated march on Saturday, which organizers believe will draw several crwods

Demonstrators in Atlanta, Georgia, march past a mural celebrating African-American lives on Friday as hundreds of residents commemorated Juneteenth

Demonstrators in Atlanta, Georgia, march past a mural celebrating African-American lives on Friday as hundreds of residents commemorated Juneteenth

Pictured: an American flag held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. has the names of several African-Americans who died by police brutality, including George Floyd and Michael Brown, with the words 'We're Not Free' written in black ink

Pictured: an American flag held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. has the names of several African-Americans who died by police brutality, including George Floyd and Michael Brown, with the words ‘We’re Not Free’ written in black ink

Demonstrators hold signs as they take part in a Juneteenth march and rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, (pictured)

Demonstrators hold signs as they take part in a Juneteenth march and rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, (pictured)

Two current employees said the move was offensive that Tesla did not make the announcement before Juneteenth.

Many employees had already arrived for their shift when the email arrived late morning on the east coast.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, Juneteenth celebrations almost collided with a campaign rally for President Trump.

Trump announced earlier this month that he would hold his first campaign rally since March in Tulsa on June 19.

He was met with swift backlash from critics who lambasted him for holding his rally on Juneteenth given his spotty record with racial issues and minorities.

The Trump administration has since moved the rally to June 20, but Trump was once again criticized after claiming to make Juneteenth ‘famous.’

African-Americans in Tulsa gathered along Greenwood Avenue to not only commemorate the abolition of slavery, but celebrate being Black.

‘We’re celebrating the emancipation of slaves, but we’re really celebrating the idea of being black,’  Jacquelyn Simmons, a resident of 45 years, told New York Times. ‘We love it and we love us.’

The phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ was painted across Greenwood Avenue in bright yellow letters.

They said their Juneteenth celebration had very little to do with President Trump.

Activist Angela Davis sits in the driver's seat of a car before leading a caravan of protesters at the Port of Oakland to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday

Activist Angela Davis sits in the driver’s seat of a car before leading a caravan of protesters at the Port of Oakland to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday

One woman attending a Black Lives Matter march in New York City brought a cardboard sign with art depicting Breonna Taylor and and seven-year-old Aiyanna Jones, both of whom died during interactions with police officers (pictured)

One woman attending a Black Lives Matter march in New York City brought a cardboard sign with art depicting Breonna Taylor and and seven-year-old Aiyanna Jones, both of whom died during interactions with police officers (pictured)

Mahlikah Awe:ri (pictured) appears to hold a drum  while attending the Abolish the Police sit in rally to celebrate Juneteenth in Ontario, Canada

Mahlikah Awe:ri (pictured) appears to hold a drum  while attending the Abolish the Police sit in rally to celebrate Juneteenth in Ontario, Canada

Rebecca Jimerson sings during the ceremony of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth at historic Ashton Villa, where emancipation of the slaves was announced in 1865 (pictured)

Rebecca Jimerson sings during the ceremony of the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth at historic Ashton Villa, where emancipation of the slaves was announced in 1865 (pictured)

‘It’s not really about his rally for us, said 51-year-old Otis Collins, who drove four hours to Tulsa from Dallas, Texas.

‘We want to show defiance to his act, but he’s going to have his rally and do his thing regardless. This is about showing our people support.’

The White House released a message on Friday discussing Juneteenth.

‘Juneteenth reminds us of both the unimaginable injustice of slavery and the incomparable joy that must have attended emancipation. It is both a remembrance of a blight on our history and a celebration of our Nation’s unsurpassed ability to triumph over darkness,’ wrote Trump.

‘This Juneteenth, we commit, as one Nation, to live true to our highest ideals and to build always toward a freer, stronger country that values the dignity and boundless potential of all Americans,’ he added.

But Trump will most likely spend the holiday inside the White House as crowds of protesters flock to the area for Juneteenth rallies and demonstrations.

Activists called for walk outs, street blockades and dance parties to shut down parts of the city. The marchers are expected to be near the White House and the National Mall.

Dennis Doster, who for the past five years has co-chaired the longest-running Juneteenth event in Prince George County, Maryland, was shocked by the turnout.

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brother Forrest Jackson, right, and Rodrick Tyler prepare bags of cleaning products to distribute during a drive-thru Juneteenth 2020 celebration in Dallas, Texas

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brother Forrest Jackson, right, and Rodrick Tyler prepare bags of cleaning products to distribute during a drive-thru Juneteenth 2020 celebration in Dallas, Texas

‘It’s like, “finally”. In the past few weeks, it’s been like everyone has been wanting to do something for Juneteenth,’ Doster told The Washington Post.

St. George was the largest slave-owning county in Maryland.

Last year, the annual event attracted more than 6,000 people to enjoy live music, food trucks, dance performances and reflections on history.

This year, restrictions on public gatherings have pushed the event online.

‘It’s not only about celebrating the past, but looking at the future and charting the path forward.’

The 155th anniversary of Juneteenth in Galveston, Texas, – where Juneteenth was first created – saw crowds attend a ceremony at the historic Ashton Villa, where Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger announced that the last enslaves African-Americans were free.

‘We’re trying to preserve the history of the Emancipation Proclamation and what Juneteenth really meant,’  Juneteenth coordinator Douglas Matthews told Spectrum News.

In 1979, Texas became the first US state to officially mark Juneteenth a holiday by by former Texas state lawmaker Al Edwards.

‘This is where it happened that African-Americans received their freedom in the South, delivered by the word of the U.S. government,’ Edwards said at the time.

‘It’s not to be taken away from us. It’s not to be muzzled or silenced or marginalized. It is Freedom Day for African-Americans in the United States. It is our day. White, Black, Asian, Mexican-American — it is a United States holiday.’

Juneteenth demonstrations and celebrations were also held in places like Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and even Toronto, Canada.

President Trump: 'This Juneteenth, we commit, as one Nation, to live true to our highest ideals and to build always toward a freer, stronger country that values the dignity and boundless potential of all Americans'

President Trump: ‘This Juneteenth, we commit, as one Nation, to live true to our highest ideals and to build always toward a freer, stronger country that values the dignity and boundless potential of all Americans’

A group of demonstrators hold a sign reading 'Freedom Day March' as they make their way to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. on Juneteenth

A group of demonstrators hold a sign reading ‘Freedom Day March’ as they make their way to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. on Juneteenth

Residents in St. Louis, Missouri, gathered near The Gateway Arch on Juneteenth as they chanted and carried 'Black Lives Matter' signs through the city

Residents in St. Louis, Missouri, gathered near The Gateway Arch on Juneteenth as they chanted and carried ‘Black Lives Matter’ signs through the city

A photo taken at a Juneteeth Black Lives Matter demonstration in Atlanta, Georgia, shows the full scope of attendees as they overtake the roadway while hoisting protests signs in the air

A photo taken at a Juneteeth Black Lives Matter demonstration in Atlanta, Georgia, shows the full scope of attendees as they overtake the roadway while hoisting protests signs in the air

Malik Harris (center) leads protesters as they march towards the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. on Friday as part of a Juneteenth celebration

Malik Harris (center) leads protesters as they march towards the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C. on Friday as part of a Juneteenth celebration

In Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation Friday to recognize Juneteenth Day.

The move came a week after Republican lawmakers voted to keep in place a day commemorating Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest but remove the governor´s responsibility to sign the annual proclamation for it.

Lee had proposed eliminating the day but said lawmakers made a step in the right direction.

The protests have also already started to yield concrete results.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a broad police accountability bill that bans chokeholds, requires police body cameras and removes legal barriers that protect officers from lawsuits.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers called on the Legislature to ban chokeholds and make other reforms. Both are Democrats.

Events marking Juneteenth were expected to be held in every major American city on Friday, although some were being held virtually due to the coronavirus.

In Louisiana, community and environmental groups won a court fight to hold a Juneteenth ceremony at a site archaeologists have described as probably a cemetery for enslaved African Americans. The land is now being used to build a $9.4billion chemical complex.

‘I felt like the ancestors were shouting for joy in heaven. We let them know they were not forgotten,’ said organizer Sharon Lavigne of the community group Rise St. James.

She said it was her first Juneteenth celebration.

It was held on a small part of the site where FG LA LLC, a local member of Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group, has begun construction on a $9.4billion chemical complex.

Black Lives Matter protesters are seen above crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and heading toward Manhattan to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday

Black Lives Matter protesters are seen above crossing the Brooklyn Bridge and heading toward Manhattan to commemorate Juneteenth on Friday

Protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan following a Juneteenth rally in Cadman Plaza Park on Friday

Protesters march over the Brooklyn Bridge towards Manhattan following a Juneteenth rally in Cadman Plaza Park on Friday

Several helicopters could be heard overhead as the protesters walked over the historic New York City landmark on Friday

Several helicopters could be heard overhead as the protesters walked over the historic New York City landmark on Friday

Protesters hold signs that read 'Black Lives Matter' and 'I can't breathe' as they walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday

Protesters hold signs that read ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘I can’t breathe’ as they walk across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday

A Black Lives Matter supporter straddles one of the beams lining the Brooklyn Bridge walkway as the protest march goes by on Friday

A Black Lives Matter supporter straddles one of the beams lining the Brooklyn Bridge walkway as the protest march goes by on Friday

A person raises a fist as people march on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Friday during events to mark Juneteenth

A person raises a fist as people march on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Friday during events to mark Juneteenth

Thousands made their way across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday as temperatures reached 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies

Thousands made their way across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday as temperatures reached 80 degrees with mostly sunny skies

New York City on Friday formally declared Juneteenth a city holiday. Protesters are seen in the above photo on the Brooklyn Bridge

New York City on Friday formally declared Juneteenth a city holiday. Protesters are seen in the above photo on the Brooklyn Bridge

A young protester chants slogans as she crosses the Brooklyn Bridge and over to the Manhattan side on Friday

A young protester chants slogans as she crosses the Brooklyn Bridge and over to the Manhattan side on Friday

Black Lives Matter supporters cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan during Juneteenth celebrations on Friday

Black Lives Matter supporters cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan during Juneteenth celebrations on Friday

A sea of protesters - many of them holding signs calling for an end to police brutality - walks across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday

A sea of protesters – many of them holding signs calling for an end to police brutality – walks across the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday

An officer with the New York Police Department looks on as protesters cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan on Friday

An officer with the New York Police Department looks on as protesters cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan on Friday

Several NYPD officers observe the protest as marchers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge toward City Hall in Manhattan on Friday

Several NYPD officers observe the protest as marchers crossed the Brooklyn Bridge toward City Hall in Manhattan on Friday

A large mass of protesters is seen in Lower Manhattan after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday

A large mass of protesters is seen in Lower Manhattan after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on Friday

A short video on Rise St. James’ Facebook page showed about a dozen people but Lavigne said about 50 attended the ceremony, held after state district and appeal courts rejected FG LA’s arguments.

Father Vincent Dufresne of the Catholic church in nearby Convent prayed for those buried there.

‘They were brought here against their will … We don´t know them by name but we love them as our own,’ he said.

Rise St. James and the Bucket Brigade, an environmental group that also has been fighting plans for the project, went to court for authorization to hold the service after FG LA failed to answer multiple requests, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights, which represents them.

On Thursday, 23rd District Judge Emile St. Pierre upheld an order he had handed down at the start of the week, the Center for Constitutional Rights said in a news release.

‘Formosa Plastics’ emergency writ to the Court of Appeals was denied last night even before we could get our opposition in,’ center spokeswoman Jen Nessel wrote in a news release Friday morning.

Work in December confirmed that the site held graves, the statement said.

Philadelphia’s biggest Juneteenth parade and festival was canceled because of the virus outbreak, but several other celebrations popped up, including a gathering of roughly 200 people, mostly black men dressed in black T-shirts, who marched to a park.

Protesters holds signs remembering George Floyd and chanting slogans during a march in Chicago on Friday

Protesters holds signs remembering George Floyd and chanting slogans during a march in Chicago on Friday

Hundreds of people participated in upbeat and celebratory marches through downtown Chicago on Friday

Hundreds of people participated in upbeat and celebratory marches through downtown Chicago on Friday

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (right) and US Senator Dick Durban (left) participate in the Juneteenth protest in Chicago on Friday

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (right) and US Senator Dick Durban (left) participate in the Juneteenth protest in Chicago on Friday

US Senator Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs while serving in combat in Iraq, is followed by Durban, Pritzker, and other protesters in Chicago on Friday

US Senator Tammy Duckworth, who lost her legs while serving in combat in Iraq, is followed by Durban, Pritzker, and other protesters in Chicago on Friday

Duckworth (wearing beige second from right) poses for a photograph with a supporter in Chicago on Friday

Duckworth (wearing beige second from right) poses for a photograph with a supporter in Chicago on Friday

Chicagoans taking part in a Juneteenth demonstration raise their fists while marching on Friday

Chicagoans taking part in a Juneteenth demonstration raise their fists while marching on Friday

Protesters marching in Chicago on Friday to commemorate Juneteenth raise their fists and chant slogans demanding racial equality

Protesters marching in Chicago on Friday to commemorate Juneteenth raise their fists and chant slogans demanding racial equality

Chicago Police Department officers ride bikes beside the protesters marching to commemorate Juneteenth in the Windy City on Friday

Chicago Police Department officers ride bikes beside the protesters marching to commemorate Juneteenth in the Windy City on Friday

Revelers celebrate and dance during the Juneteenth events in Chicago on Friday

Revelers celebrate and dance during the Juneteenth events in Chicago on Friday

Chicago Police Department officers watch as a protester holds a sign in Spanish that reads 'Your fight is my fight'

Chicago Police Department officers watch as a protester holds a sign in Spanish that reads ‘Your fight is my fight’

A protesters in Chicago was seen carrying a sign in Spanish that read 'Black lives matter' on Friday

A protesters in Chicago was seen carrying a sign in Spanish that read ‘Black lives matter’ on Friday

The above image showing a crowd of protesters in Chicago was taken with an aerial drone on Friday

The above image showing a crowd of protesters in Chicago was taken with an aerial drone on Friday

Large crowds were seen gathering at Chicago's Grant Park where they commemorated Juneteenth on Friday

Large crowds were seen gathering at Chicago’s Grant Park where they commemorated Juneteenth on Friday

Crowds of protesters are seen marching through the streets of Chicago on Friday

Crowds of protesters are seen marching through the streets of Chicago on Friday

A man dressed in a costume waves a Pan-African flag during a demonstration in Chicago on Friday

A man dressed in a costume waves a Pan-African flag during a demonstration in Chicago on Friday

Thousands of people gathered at an organized religious rally in downtown Atlanta, where speakers and attendees called for an end to racism.

In Boston, planned events included a rally organized by Black Lives Matter to call for an end to ‘mass incarceration and over-policing’ of communities of color, and a labor union-organized automobile caravan as part of the nationwide Drive to Justice campaign, which seeks changes in policing and other measures.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, city officials and community members celebrated with the unveiling of a block-long, colorful mural that said ‘Black Lives Matter.’

‘We know our lives matter. You don’t have to tell us that. We’re trying to tell the world that,’ said Plum Howlett, a tattoo artist who painted part of the mural.

Hundreds of people participated in upbeat and celebratory marches through downtown Chicago on Friday, part of events citywide to mark Juneteenth.

People gathering before one morning march danced to music played by a small marching band before hundreds marched into the city’s downtown Loop.

Participants kept up the festive atmosphere, chanting and singing along the route that wrapped up near City Hall.

‘The march was so fun. We all danced and celebrated our holiday that people often forget about,’ 24-year-old Denise Richards told the Chicago Sun-Times.

‘But we are also here to demand justice for our people who have been brutalized by police.’

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and US Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durban were among the participants of another march, traveling alongside demonstrators carrying two large banners bearing Floyd’s name and photo as the group wound through Grant Park.

Thousands of people surround activist Angela Davis as she speaks to protesters during the West Coast Port Shutdown held at the SSA Terminals in Oakland on Friday

Thousands of people surround activist Angela Davis as she speaks to protesters during the West Coast Port Shutdown held at the SSA Terminals in Oakland on Friday

An aerial drone view of protesters during a Juneteenth rally and march at the Port of Oakland on Friday

An aerial drone view of protesters during a Juneteenth rally and march at the Port of Oakland on Friday

Thousands of union longshoremen and Black Lives Matter activists participated in a rally and march to observe Juneteenth at the Port of Oakland, one of dozens of ports on the west coast to shut down operations for the day

Thousands of union longshoremen and Black Lives Matter activists participated in a rally and march to observe Juneteenth at the Port of Oakland, one of dozens of ports on the west coast to shut down operations for the day

In Oakland, the thousands who attended the rally at the port then marched to downtown Oakland on Friday

In Oakland, the thousands who attended the rally at the port then marched to downtown Oakland on Friday

A woman raises her first while marching toward downtown Oakland alongside thousands of union longshoremen and Black Lives Matter activists on Friday

A woman raises her first while marching toward downtown Oakland alongside thousands of union longshoremen and Black Lives Matter activists on Friday

Protesters held several signs denouncing the police, including 'Stop police terror' and 'Abolish the police' in Oakland on Friday

Protesters held several signs denouncing the police, including ‘Stop police terror’ and ‘Abolish the police’ in Oakland on Friday

Protesters attend a rally for Black Lives Matter in Oakland on Friday as millions nationwide marked the Juneteenth holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States

Protesters attend a rally for Black Lives Matter in Oakland on Friday as millions nationwide marked the Juneteenth holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States

A protester climbs a stoplight to take a photo during the West Coast Port Shutdown held at the SSA Terminals in Oakland on Friday

A protester climbs a stoplight to take a photo during the West Coast Port Shutdown held at the SSA Terminals in Oakland on Friday

Floyd, a black man, died last month after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.

Chicagoans planned to participate in other events throughout the day including organized ‘crawls’ to patronize black-owned businesses, car caravans and celebrations with music, food and dancing.

Cranes and berths came to a standstill as longshoremen in ports throughout California stopped work Friday, joining thousands of Californians who marched, rallied and drove in car caravans to commemorate Juneteenth and demand racial equality.

Thousands joined workers at the Port of Oakland for a rally where some held signs that read ‘Stop Police Terror’ and ‘Black Lives Matter.’

Political activist and former Black Panthers Party member Angela Davis addressed the crowd.

She thanked the longshoremen for shutting down on ‘the day we celebrate the end of slavery, the day we memorialize those who offered us hope for the future and the day when we renew our commitment to the struggle for freedom,’ Davis said to cheers and applause.

Longshoremen also stopped work in 28 other West Coast ports to mark Juneteenth, which is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

In Oakland, the thousands who attended the rally at the port then marched to downtown Oakland, where Davis and Michael Brown Sr., the father of Michael Brown Jr., an 18-year-old Black man who was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, addressed the crowd.

Earlier this week, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said five ropes found hanging from trees in a city park were nooses and racially charged symbols of terror.

NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith marches along with others through downtown Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday

NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith marches along with others through downtown Norfolk, Virginia, on Friday

Protesters are seen above during a rally for Black Lives Matter in Miami, Florida, on Friday

Protesters are seen above during a rally for Black Lives Matter in Miami, Florida, on Friday

People demonstrate at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday to mark Juneteenth

People demonstrate at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday to mark Juneteenth

An Oakland man said he put the ropes up months ago to use as exercise equipment.

A day later, Oakland police opened an investigation after a caller reported finding an effigy hanging from a tree at a city park.

In San Francisco, people riding in a car caravan joined families rallying outside City Hall to demand officials remove police officers from public schools and redirect funds from the police budget to the Black community, especially to schools.

Mayor London Breed has already promised funds would be reallocated from the police department to the African American community.

‘As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, at a time when there is a renewed call – an awe-inspiring DEMAND – for justice, and for change, we must recommit ourselves to the work we have to do,’ Breed, who is Black, said in a statement.

‘Our charge is to create a more equitable society for all of us, because all lives can’t matter unless BLACK lives matter!’

Governor Gavin Newsom’s office said the state Capitol will be lit Friday night in red, black and green to represent the African diaspora to enslavement in the New World.

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