Vandals spray-painted the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church a block away from the White House with the letters “B-H-A-Z,” for “Black House Autonomous Zone,” according to videos that surfaced on social media on Monday evening.
St. John’s Church has been vandalized with spray paint reading BHAZ (Black House Autonomous Zone) pic.twitter.com/8D7UITVTK0— Richie🎥McG🍿 (@RichieMcGinniss) June 23, 2020
Activists have created a so-called autonomous zone in Seattle, named the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” or CHAZ. Recently, they renamed it the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest,” or CHOP.
Every president since James Madison has attended a service at St. John’s. Former President Barack Obama’s visits to the church were heavily covered by media when he was in office.
However, rioters have repeatedly defaced the church amid recent protests in Washington, D.C. On May 31, rioters set fire to the basement of the church.
On June 1, President Donald Trump walked across Lafayette Park to the damaged church and held up a Bible.
Numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street. 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020