Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA protesters fought with New York City Police officers and vandalized the USS Maine National Monument Thursday night in Manhattan.
The protesters marched to different areas of mid town Manhattan, including the New York Times headquarters where they chanted “F*** The New York Times.”
They also marched to the USS Maine National Monument at Columbus Circle, near the entrance to Central Park. They vandalized the statue while raising transgender rights flags.
The monument commemorates the sailors that were killed on the ship when it was sunk by an explosion on February 15, 1898, which led to the start of the Spanish-American War.
The protesters spray painted the statue with slogans like “ACAB” (All Cops are Bastards) and “F* 12″ (F* the police).
Police followed the march throughout the evening and stepped in to stop the vandalism. The protesters resisted, resulting in a brawl with the NYPD. Six people were arrested.
The protesters also reportedly insulted a female NYPD officer with misogynistic remarks.
“We respect everyone’s 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 posted on Twitter.