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Troops in riot gear surrounded a barricaded White House on Saturday as Washington DC prepared for the biggest demonstration by George Floyd to date.
Activists have called for the descent of thousands of people into the nation’s capital as the United States begins the twelfth consecutive day of demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism.
D.C. prepared for members of the National Guard who guarded famous landmarks and patrolled a new pedestrian demonstration area where the streets were closed to traffic.
The White House remained a fortress, with black fences between seven and nine feet high erected around its perimeter cutting off protesters, while the mayor of D.C. officially renamed the street outside “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
The protests of D.C. will be joined by many more as hundreds of thousands are expected to take place across the country.
In New York, large groups of health care workers joined the protests that marched through Manhattan.
Elsewhere in New York State, a handful of counter-protesters emerged one block from a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Bethpage wearing Make America Great Again hats.
Meanwhile in Philadelphia, the march was briefly interrupted by a newly married couple who joined the protest still dressed in a wedding dress and a suit.
Thousands of protesters stretch over five blocks from Scott Circle NW to H Street NW
Thousands of protesters flocked to the nation’s capital and other major cities on Saturday for yet another major mobilization against police brutality
Lots of loosely organized groups headed to the White House, where President Donald Trump spent the day without public events
Activists and protesters gathered at the Capitol, on the National Mall and in many residential areas. Above, protester Mike D ‘Angelo (left) stands on top of a street sign that has been renamed” Black Lives Matter Plaza “
Protesters march in front of the Washington Monument near the White House
Washington has seen daily protests in the past week – largely peaceful. Above, thousands of people gathered at Freedom Plaza near 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Pilomena Wankenge of DC Freedom Fighters waves an American flag to a crowd gathered at the John A. Wilson Building
Protesters heading to the White House are seen in front of the statue of Lt. Gen. Scott Winfield Scott
A man waving an American flag upside down with the letters ‘BLM’ at the ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’ near the White House
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Troops surrounded a barricaded white house on Saturday as Washington DC prepared for the biggest demonstration by George Floyd to date. Protesters remain fenced from the streets to the White House by a fence
In North Carolina, mourners and protesters stood side by side during the commemoration and public visit of the body of George Floyd.
Hundreds of cars have lined up to pay tribute to the man whose death sparked worldwide protests.
Demonstrations have even started in the most unlikely places. Texas-based journalist Christopher Hooks reported that between 150 and 200 people attended a Black Lives Matter rally in Vidor, an infamous eastern Texas town associated with the Ku Klux Klan.
Just after midday, at least 6,000 people had gathered in Washington D.C., divided between the Lincoln Memorial and those close to the White House.
Washington police chief Peter Newsham said the event “may be one of the largest we have had in the city” but would not start on a number. He added that no arrests had been made since Tuesday and hoped that the streak would continue.
As day broke on Saturday, police closed much of downtown D.C. to traffic and a pedestrian demonstration area was created between the southern edge of the mall and L NW street to the north.
The city’s metro system also announced the reopening of cars closed due to coronavirus to increase the capacity of cyclists.
The protests on Saturday are organized by various organizations with dozens announced in the capital and are expected to mix and merge throughout the day. No leader should speak and no agenda has been set as various popular movements join forces.
The protests are scheduled to take place throughout the day and some are scheduled to remain until Sunday morning.
They will target city officials and buildings as well as federal government buildings.
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Thousands of protesters gather along 16th Street NW near the White House on Saturday
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Just after noon on Saturday, at least 3,000 protesters gathered near the Lincoln Memorial and 3,000 others near the White House as a twelfth day of protests began across the United States.
NEW YORK CITY: Health workers with Frontline4Change demonstrate alongside audience in Manhattan on Saturday holding signs saying “Black Lives Matter” and “Nurses Stand With You”
WASHINGTON, D.C .: The streets around the White House have been closed and marked with checkpoints as the National Guard prepares for a million people to descend on the city to demonstrate throughout Saturday
WASHINGTON, D.C .: A protester brandishes a child during a demonstration in Washington D.C. against racial inequality following the death of Minneapolis in police custody by George Floyd. Demonstrations are planned throughout the day
Demonstrations will take place in front of the office buildings of the United States Senate, the Wilson Building of the government of Washington, on Judiciary Square and Freedom Plaza, and the White House.
The number expected was difficult to calculate as agencies normally able to predict that a certain number were on leave or reduced due to the coronavirus epidemic.
According to the Washington Post, the park has stopped issuing protest permits and face-to-face meetings between agencies and community organizers have been interrupted.
“We are planning the biggest protests regarding the numbers we have seen in the city to date,” said police chief Peter Newsham.
“And we expect the protesters to continue to be as peaceful as they have been in the past two days.”
WASHINGTON, DC: National Guard soldiers continue to watch Lincoln Memorial as Washington DC kicks off another day of anti-violence and anti-racism protests with nearly one million people who should flood the streets all day
WASHINGTON, D.C .: A large group of up to 3,000 protesters had gathered on the steps leading up to the Lincoln Memorial at 12 p.m. Saturday as stakeholders began to lead the protest. Another demonstration was collected at the White House
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Protesters march from Lincoln Memorial on Saturday during peaceful protest
WASHINGTON, D.C.: A family has their photo taken as they point to the new sign at Black Lives Matter Plaza, which was officially renamed by the mayor of D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Protesters gathered on Saturday morning in the newly renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza” outside the White House at the start of the first demonstration. The square was officially renamed by the mayor of the city
WASHINGTON, D.C .: A family of protesters gathers to take a photo during historic protests
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Soldiers in uniform stand in front of the White House before Saturday’s demonstration
D.C. police traffic shared the above map on Saturday to show the perimeter streets of the White House that have been closed. The area in the red lines has become a pedestrian area for protesters
In preparation, the D.C. metro system to reopen the first and last cars in order to increase the capacity of rail passengers.
The cars were closed earlier in the coronavirus pandemic to prevent train operators from interacting with passengers.
They said the move would be indefinite, not just for Saturday.
The first of the protesters formed groups outside the White House and along nearby 16th Street where D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser painted the phrase “Black Lives Matter” in giant yellow letters on Friday.
It also officially renamed a street in front of the White House “Black Lives Matter Plaza” in tribute.
The move intensified the mayor’s feud with President Trump with whom she fought over the past week to control law enforcement on the city streets.
Bowser’s chief of staff, John Falcicchio, told the Washington Post that they should remind the president and law enforcement that the city’s allegiance is to peaceful protesters.
As the crowds outside grew more and more, NBC reporter Monica Alba said reporters were told that President Trump should not be appearing on camera on Saturday.
The president had no scheduled public appearances, but continued to tweet as he marked the anniversary of the landings and shared videos celebrated his own supporters of Make America Great Again.
WASHINGTON, D.C .: People raise their hands near the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday morning ahead of what should be the largest demonstration to date against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Protesters began to assemble early Saturday morning as dozens of demonstrations are scheduled. In the photo, here is the stretch of road in front of the White House which was painted with Black Lives Matter
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Crowds began to gather early Saturday with the start of the first demonstration. There are a number of demonstrations that take place throughout the day, organized by different organizations which should mix and merge
WASHINGTON, D.C .: About 3,000 protesters gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial at noon Saturday
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Protesters holding placards while the National Guard prepares for Washington D.C.
Protesters awaiting the start of an official demonstration met with music and people offering free snacks while more and more National Guard members were seen streaming inside the White House fences. The vendors also sold bottles of water and Black Lives Matter t-shirts.
All the demonstrators wore masks or masks because the risk of spreading the coronavirus continues.
USA Today Journalist Rebecca Morin described the atmosphere when the main protests started around noon as a block party, as people sang and danced before starting a march on the White House at 12 noon.
Shortly after noon, larger songs began near Layette Square, the group being led by a young girl shouting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”. Another group of young girls chanted, “We are young, but we are strong.”
The strong presence of the police in the national capital continues on Saturday despite the protests of the last few days remained peaceful and the lifting of the curfew in the city on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, D.C .: Protesters walk past the United States Capitol on Saturday morning. Other protests will take place outside the U.S. Senate office buildings, the D.C. Government Wilson Building, Judiciary Square, Freedom Plaza
WASHINGTON, D.C .: People react as a preacher speaks to them as National Guard members stand near the Lincoln Memorial before the Black Lives Matter protests in Washington D.C. and across the country on Saturday
WASHINGTON, D.C .: A group of protesters gathered outside the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. National monument and others across town are still guarded by the National Guard despite peaceful protests since Tuesday
WASHINGTON, D.C .: A protester stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial during a peaceful demonstration Saturday morning
The president was criticized by Mayor Bowser and others for his handling of the protest sparked by the death of George Floyd.
She called for the withdrawal of all federal law enforcement officers and National Guard troops from city streets after the end of tense scenes between law enforcement and demonstrators on Sunday and Monday and the peaceful protesters have taken over.
Bowser added that it had become apparent that their presence was “unnecessary” and could “be counterproductive to guarantee the peace of the protesters”.
The continuation of the protests in D.C. began when thousands of mourners arrived at the George Floyd memorial in North Carolina.
Local authorities expect between 30,000 and 40,000 people to come to the Cape Fear B Conference headquarters in Raeford, North Carolina.
Floyd’s body arrived at the center as long lines formed outside the center as people came to pay their respects, WTVD reports.
RAEFORD, NORTH CAROLINA: The coffin carrying the body of George Floyd to his memorial services at R.L Douglas Cape Fear
RAEFORD, NORTH CAROLINA: Floyd’s body arrived at the center as long lines formed and people came to pay homage to them
RAEFORD, NORTH CAROLINA: A bereaved youth queues for a public tour of George Floyd in North Carolina
RAEFORD, NORTH CAROLINA: A group of bikers arrives to pay homage to George Floyd at his memorial in North Carolina
RAEFORD, NORTH CAROLINA: Hundreds of cars line up as mourners arrive for public viewing of George Floyd
RAEFORD, NORTH CAROLINA: Groups of mourners wearing masks lined up in hundreds at the Floyd memorial
The father is from North Carolina, from Fayetteville.
Mourners could be seen wearing masks and various shirts with the face of George Floyd on it, with messages like “I Can’t Breathe” on them.
Protesters joined them with “Black Lives Matter” signs and face masks.
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered that all North Carolina flags in state facilities be lowered to half the staff from sunrise to sunset on Saturday.
After Saturday’s service, Floyd’s body will travel to Houston where there will be a public hearing. Floyd grew up in Houston and spent much of his time in the city of Texas.
Thousands more were in Philadelphia where protesters chanted to police and National Guard personnel.
The massive group, organized by the Party for Socialism and Liberation, marched through City Hall from the Philadelphia Art Museum as police in riot gear stood in formation along the route.
PHILADELPHIA: Newlyweds Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon joined the walk as she walked down Benjamin Franklin Drive
PHILADELPHIA: Wallace Weaver, of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, speaks on the microphone to encourage protesters to protest to register to vote at the Philadelphia Art Museum as a protest began to march on City Hall on Saturday
PHILADELPHIA: Community members gather for a peaceful family demonstration in the Mount Airy neighborhood of northwest Philadelphia on Saturday as a larger protest took place in the center of the city
He was briefly interrupted by a wedding as the fully dressed newlyweds celebrated at the protest when they were strongly encouraged.
Newlyweds Kerry Anne and Michael Gordon joined the walk as she walked down Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Law enforcement placed a truck in front of a ramp to Interstate 676, where police on Monday gaspied protesters who drove onto the highway, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Although some protesters started heckling officers as they approached municipal buildings, the police did not respond.
The city still has a curfew in place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday.
In New York, a number of demonstrations took place in each of the different boroughs.
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Healthcare workers with Frontline4Change demonstrate in Manhattan
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: The demonstration was organized by Frontline4Change and medical personnel were seen kneeling, many dressed in scrubs.
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: Protesters walk down Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue towards the Manhattan Bridge chanting slogans as thousands of people again joined citywide protests on Saturday for the 12th consecutive day
Healthcare workers in Manhattan joined protesters with placards like “The nurses stand with you” and “The doctors stand with you”.
The demonstration was organized by Frontline4Change and medical personnel were seen taking a knee, many dressed in scrubs.
Farther north, in Harlem, thousands of protesters marched from 110th Street and Central Park West after gathering near Frederick Douglass Circle.
The group planned to walk nearly 8 miles to meet with other protesters in Washington Square Park later today.
In Brooklyn, thousands more took to the streets for another day as they walked along Flatbush Avenue.
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Washington Square Park was filled with thousands of protesters on Saturday
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Activists move along 7th Avenue as they walk for miles during a peaceful protest
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Protesters spanned many blocks as they marched south through the city
Farther east in Bethpage, Long Island, a smaller demonstration lined the streets to wave signs at passing cars.
At least 200 people gathered at the station to register voters and distribute hand sanitizer.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Newsday that they made no arrests during the protests, but that officers were still on duty.
A handful of counter-protesters also opposed it, also carrying signs that read “All lives matter” and “We stand up for the flag and kneel for God.” The group said they were there to show their support for the police.
One of the counter demonstrators also wore a Trump Make America Great Again hat.
BETHPAGE, NEW YORK: Protesters hold signs in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement at Bethpage on Saturday. The group was joined by counter-protesters who were standing a block away but were in much smaller numbers
BETHPAGE, NEW YORK: A group of counter-protesters lined Stewart Avenue one block from Black Lives Matter protesters in Bethpage. They wore All Lives Matter signs and wore MAGA hats
In Chicago, protesters gathered at Union Park and marched on the city’s West Side in the first of several protests scheduled for the weekend.
The “Chicago Justice March” started at 11 am just hours after the Friday morning demonstration ended, according to WGNTV.
The crowd was estimated to be around 20,000, the Chicago Tribune reported.
This came after Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a series of new measures which she said would preventively help local businesses and prevent a repeat of last week’s civil unrest in the city.
This included deploying additional security from local, state and federal partners to protect these businesses.
The city will impose a curfew on Saturday evening from 9 p.m.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Protesters gather to prepare to walk from Union Park to Chicago on Saturday
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Chicago police traced the road as thousands of peaceful protesters gathered in Chicago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Young protesters joined the Chicago march as peaceful protesters left Union Park, Chicago
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: A Chicago protester holds a sign indicating 8.46, the length of time that former policeman Derek Chauvin was filmed on his knees on the neck of George Floyd as he arrested him, which led to death from Floyd
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS: Protesters march from Union Park to George Floyd demonstration in Chicago on Saturday
Protests also took place in San Francisco and Los Angeles, among others across California.
Dozens of people gathered at the Golden Gate Bridge visitor center in San Francisco as they prepared to cross the famous structure as part of their protest.
In Los Angeles, police chief Michel Moore joined the protest alongside Los Angeles council member Joe Buscaino and Dr. NAACP president San Pedro / Wilmington, Dr. Cheyenne Bryant.
George Floyd died on May 25 after white police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with murder, put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while handcuffed on the sidewalk, gasping for breath. he couldn’t breathe.
Three other Minneapolis police officers – Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao – were charged Wednesday with helping and aiding the murder in Floyd’s death.
Other protests are expected to continue throughout the weekend.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: LAPD chief Michel Moore, Los Angeles council member Joe Buscaino and NAACP San Pedro / Wilmington chapter president Dr. Cheyenne Bryant attend a “March of Unity” against racial inequality Saturday
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Hundreds of protesters gathered around a speaker during a protest in Los Angeles on Saturday
SAN, FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Dozens of people gather by the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to protest