White House prepares for biggest protest yet with one million expected for George Floyd march

White House prepares for biggest protest yet with one million expected for George Floyd march

Troops suited up in riot gear surrounded a barricaded White House on Saturday as Washington D.C. prepared for the largest George Floyd protest yet. Activists have called for thousands of people to descend on the nation's capital as the United States enters the twelfth straight day of demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism. D.C. braced itself with members of the National Guard guarding famous landmarks and patrolling a new pedestrian-only demonstration area where streets were closed off to all traffic. The White House remained a fortress, with black fences between seven and nine feet high erected around its perimeter cutting off protesters, as D.C.'s mayor formally renamed the street outside 'Black Lives Matter Plaza'. The D.C. protests will be joined by many more as hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out across the country. In New York City, large groups of health care workers joined the protests marching through Manhattan. Elsewhere in New York state, a handful of counter protesters emerged a block from a Black Lives Matter protest in Bethpage carrying All Lives Matter Sign and wearing Make America Great Again hats. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, the march was briefly interrupted by a newly wed couple who joined the protest still dressed in a wedding dress and suit. In North Carolina, mourners and protesters stood side by side as a memorial and public viewing for George Floyd's body was held. Hundreds of cars lined up to pay their respects to the man whose death has sparked ...
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