Photos: The National Guard’s daily presence in Boston

National Guard soldiers in Boston on Wednesday. JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

In the days since violence and looting erupted in downtown Boston, the presence of the Massachusetts National Guard has remained visible on the city’s streets.

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The National Guard was deployed to Boston on Sunday night, after hours of peaceful demonstrations against the death of George Floyd gave way to destruction and violence. Boston police arrested 53 people, and officials said nine officers and 18 bystanders were transported to local hospitals with injuries. Dozens of businesses in the downtown area were looted and suffered damage. Since Sunday, peaceful protests have continued daily in the city and across Massachusetts, with thousands of people demonstrating against the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.

Below, a look at scenes from downtown Boston since the unrest erupted on Sunday.


Two religious men walk by National Guard soldiers stationed in the city on Wednesday.

National Guard troops from Taunton stand across the street from Boston Common on Wednesday.

National Guard soldiers stand in a line during a “Black Lives Matter” rally and march on Wednesday.

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