Protesters pack Washington DC for city's largest demonstration yet

Protesters pack Washington DC for city's largest demonstration yet

Thousands of protesters have streamed into the US capital for what was expected to be Washington DC’s largest demonstration yet against police brutality. The protests came while George Floyd was remembered in his North Carolina hometown, where hundreds of mourners lined up to pay their respects. Military vehicles and officers in combat clothing closed off much of downtown Washington to traffic ahead of the planned march, which authorities estimated would attract up to 200,000 people outraged by Mr Floyd’s death 12 days ago at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Large protests also took place across the US and in major cities overseas, including London, Paris, Berlin and Sydney, Australia. On a hot, humid day in Washington, throngs of protesters gathered at the Capitol, on the National Mall and in residential neighbourhoods. Many groups headed towards the White House, where President Donald Trump was in residence. The crowd erupted in applause as Mayor Muriel Bowser walked along the portion of 16th Street that she renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza. Art Lindy, a fifth-generation Washingtonian, shouted “Vice President Bowser” as the mayor strolled by. He was referring to her defiant response to President Trump’s taunts. Ms Bowser “has done an incredible job standing up to the face of federal power”, the 56-year-old construction manager said. Washington has seen daily protests for the past week — largely peaceful. The White House has been fortified with new fencing and extra security precautions. The protests extended to the president’s golf resort in Doral, Florida, just ...
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