George Floyd Protests

George Floyd: 'Black Lives Matter' on Washington DC street challenges Trump

The Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser sent a strong message to the White House by having the words “Black Lives Matter” painted in giant yellow letters.

George Floyd: 'Black Lives Matter' on Washington DC street challenges Trump
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The protests over the death of George Floyd continue in all 50 states of the US and on Friday Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser decided to send a strong message of support and join the cause. She had people paint in giant yellow letters the words “Black Lives Matter” on two blocks of 16th Street, which runs straight to the White House.

'BLACK LIVES MATTER' on the street

At the end of the mural the people who painted the giant words also added the flag of the capital of the United States. It is expected that the protests will continue over the weekend as people make their point about decades of police brutality and racism towards the black community and minority groups.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted an aerial video of the mural shortly after it was completed on Friday, with the comment “the section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza'.” This puts her at odds with President Donald Trump and the White House which, at the time of writing, had no comment about the new addition.

Bowser has had verbal clashes with the Trump administration over the response to protests of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. She has complained about the handling of it from the president and called for the removal of out-of-state National Guard troops.

On Thursday, as the protests turned peaceful, she ended a curfew imposed after people damaged buildings and broke into businesses over the previous weekend and Monday. The mayor also tweeted out a letter from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wrote to the president to express alarm that peaceful protesters were being confronted by heavily armed federal agents and officers, many of them with their identities and agencies obscured.