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Tribute to George Floyd; DC paints enormous ‘Black Lives Matter’ on road leading to White House

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Washington: District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser renamed a street in front of the White House ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza’ on Friday (June 5) which had the slogan painted in massive yellow letters on the street. It is the same street, where the protestors have been demonstrating George Floyd’s death, which leads to the White House.

“There are people who are craving to be heard and to be seen and to have their humanity recognized, and we had the opportunity to send that message loud and clear on a very important street in our city,” Bowser told at a press conference. “And it is that message, and that message is to the American people, that Black Lives Matter black humanity matters, and we as a city raise that up as part of our values as a city. The section of 16th street in front of the White House is now officially ‘Black Lives Matter Plaza.”

“There was a dispute this week about whose street this is. Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC’s street and to honor demonstrators who peacefully protesting on Monday evening,” John J. Falcicchio, chief staff to Bowser earlier tweeted.

The letters are located just two blocks away from Lafayette Square where on Monday (June 1) US Park police and other law enforcement agencies used what the protestors described as tear gas to make way for the President’s walk to St. John Episcopal Church. However the next day the police said it was not tear gas, but smoke canisters and pepper balls.

People work on painting the street that lead to White House © Mashable India

Many celebrities like Harry Styles, Katy Perry, Stephanie Beatriz, Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively and Chrissy Teigen has been donating to bail the protestors out. “Last week we contributed $200,000 to the @NAACP_LDF. We stand in awe of this organization, their empathy and leadership in, @Sifill_LDF . Their work is essential to the integrity of democracy. If you can donate… go to: https://tminstituteldf.org/advocacy/campaigns/policing-reform/ @VancityReynolds #GeorgeFloyd,” Lively tweeted on June 1.

“I’m donating to help post bail for arrested organizers. Look inwards, educate yourself and others. LISTEN, READ, SHARE, DONATE and VOTE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BLACK LIVES MATTER,” Styles, the One Direction star tweeted on May 31. “I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white. Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti racist. Social change is enacted when a society mobilizes. I stand in solidarity with all of those protesting.”

Swift on May 29 condemned the US President Donald trump on her tweet, “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump.”

However, Trump criticised Mayor tweeting, “[email protected] is grossly incompetent, and in no way qualified to be running an important city like Washington, D.C. If the great men and women of the National Guard didn’t step forward, she would have looked no better than her counterpart Mayor in Minneapolis!.”

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