The military presence has subsided….
The number of arrests for violence have dropped….
And the President’s of the United States still is home behind layers of fencing…..
It IS as if the people of the country have flexed to take over the streets from a President that thought things where his.?…
It was the ninth day of massive protests in the District over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, and the Trump administration’s militant approach to the unrest that has gripped cities across the country.
Numerous rallies were planned across the District throughout the day, from the Lincoln Memorial, to Freedom Plaza, to Capitol Hill.
Lafayette Square, where a heavy security fence blocked any approach to the White House, a block away, was again an early focal point Saturday.
The scene of violent confrontations between police and protesters last week, it was calm, and the fence was hung with protest signs, an American flag, and a torn yellow strip of police tape that read: “Crime Scene.”
The adjacent section of 16th Street in front of the White House, which D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Friday renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and had the slogan painted on the asphalt in massive yellow letters, teemed with people. Many posed for pictures, and took selfies.
Meanwhile, as many local business were boarded up to deter looters, T-shirt vendors were busy, a volunteer medical tent had been erected, and sense of the weight of the moment seemed to prevail….
Thousands gather on 16th Street in front of the White House to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, officials are preparing for the week’s biggest demonstration in Washington. Tens of thousands of protesters are expected Saturday. . (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
image….Justin George/The Washington Post