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Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC reopens after vandalism

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Media captionVisitors to the monument talked to the BBC about their reaction to the vandalism and what the memorial means to them

Washington DC's Lincoln Memorial has reopened to visitors after workers cleaned up green paint that vandals splattered across the monument.

Paint was found all over the seated statue of the 16th US president and on the floor early on Friday morning.

The monument is one of the most prominent in the US capital.

Lincoln, president from 1861 until his assassination in 1865, led the northern states to victory against the South in the American Civil War.

In addition to the statue, the monument features inscriptions of two of Lincoln's most famous speeches.

US Park Police said they were reviewing security camera footage to try to identify possible suspects.

The memorial chamber was closed all day to allow a National Park Service crew to finish cleaning up the paint.

Workers spent hours using pressurised hoses and a chemical paint remover to wash away the paint.

"It is not permanent damage," Carol Johnson of the National Park Service told reporters.

"Our historic preservation crew knows exactly what they need to do."

The monument, situated on the National Mall near the US Capitol building and the White House, is in the open air.

Constructed without doors, it is normally accessible 24 hours a day and is unguarded overnight.

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