George Floyd protesters turn White House fence into memorial wall

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Protesters in Washington are transforming the fence erected around Lafayette Square away from the White House into a memorial wall honoring victims of police violence and racial injustice.

Photos and video from Washington on Sunday show a number of protest placards mounted on the fence by protesters carrying messages that include “Black Lives Matter”, “No Justice, No Peace”, “Say Their Names” and more rallying cries of those who marched through the nation’s capital for 10 days.

Hannah Natanson of the Washington Post share a video of the Sunday scene:

Washington has seen daily protests for more than a week after the death of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 when a Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during a ‘an arrest.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired and then arrested and charged with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter, while three other officers at the scene were fired and then charged with aiding and abetting.

Video of Floyd’s death went viral and helped spark nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

During the protests in Washington, Lafayette Square served as a flashpoint. On Monday, protesters gathered there were forcibly removed from the area by US park police and law enforcement, who used chemical agents in the process, so President Donald Trump could walk out of the way. White House at St. John’s Episcopal Church after a televised speech.

The next day, a tall black fence was erected around the northern edge of Lafayette Square, and by Thursday all entrances to Lafayette Park, the Ellipse and other open spaces near the White House had been closed, according to DCist.

Since then, the fence has been a meeting point for protesters, with the largest crowd to date descending in the area near the White House on Saturday, and the space has become the symbol of the biggest protests.

Over the weekend, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed the stretch of NW 16th Street that leads to Lafayette Square as “Black Lives Matter Plaza” and painted the words “Black Lives Matter” on the street. On Saturday, the organizers of Black Lives Matter turned the DC flag on the mural into an equal sign and added the words “Defund the police” to the roadway.

Now the protesters are leaving their placards on the fence as another symbol of the protests.

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