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Police in D.C. make arrests after sweeping peaceful protesters from park with gas, shoving

Authorities swept protesters from Washington, D.C., on June 1 shortly before President Trump spoke at the White House and visited St. John’s Episcopal Church. (Video: The Washington Post)

Hundreds of protesters were swept out of a park near the White House on Monday evening, where they were protesting the killing of George Floyd, as President Trump spoke in the Rose Garden a short distance away. The National Guard set off explosions and fired sting balls and gas into the crowds before pushing those gathered out of Lafayette Square shortly before a 7 p.m. curfew announced by D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) earlier in the day.

Trump said he was taking “swift and decisive action to protect our great capital, Washington, D.C.”

Before Trump pledges to end ‘lawlessness,’ National Guard confronts protesters outside White House

“What happened last night was a total disgrace,” the president said. "As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property. We are putting everybody on warning, our 7 o’clock curfew will be strictly enforced.”