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"Show of force" tonight by military on steps of Lincoln Memorial as protest takes place nearby

Members of the District of Columbia National Guard were stationed in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington as a peaceful protest took place steps away.

The decision to deploy so many troops to the site was ordered by Attorney General William P. Barr, according to a senior official with the National Park Service. The park superintendent was not notified ahead of time, the official also said.

The Park Service has been told to expect a more militarized presence around its sites but it remains unclear what else that might look like.

(from the NY Times;

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