Amid Washington DC streets flooded with protesters, an estimated 3 kilometre (1.7 mile) anti-riot fence, that was erected earlier on Tuesday, has been extended around the White House. Despite the barriers, thick crowds continue to gather around the White House, chanting "Black Lives Matter", singing songs and holding posters.
People continue to arrive at the site, occasionally blocking traffic. The largely peaceful crowds have attempted to proceed as far as the fences now constructed around the White House grounds allow them.
The scene outside the White House right now — or as close as anyone can get, given the massive fencing — where the crowds stretch as thick and as far as I can see.— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 6, 2020
It’s the 9th day. I’ve heard so many people mention sore feet and sunburn and exhaustion. But they’re here anyway. pic.twitter.com/oQ1zYdFjA9
Absolutely massive crowds in front of and surrounding the White House right now. I haven’t seen anything even remotely like this in my last four days of covering the #GeorgeFloyd protests pic.twitter.com/rUkQgD4XW1— Hannah Gaber (@HannahGReports) June 6, 2020
Okay I just walked the entire perimeter of the White House and the Ellipse, the park that abuts the executive mansion.— Hannah Natanson (@hannah_natanson) June 6, 2020
It’s COMPLETELY fenced in now, a significant addition from yesterday. Analysis from @JakeGodin suggests this is roughly 1.7 miles of fence. pic.twitter.com/VOWZiwd7ga
The fence has been turned into an improvised art exhibition by protesters with flowers, slogans and pictures.
The 8-foot chain link fence protecting the White House has become a sort of archive / exhibition of the D.C. protests with signs, memorials, flowers and art. pic.twitter.com/mvr0wBkOy6— Rebecca Tan (@rebtanhs) June 6, 2020
Video filmed from the air has revealed that the entire vicinity of the White House is crammed with protesters.
As people cross the streets, they are followed with loud celebratory music, and many participants are dancing.
Última Hora! En Washington DC se comienzan a reunir en diferentes puntos miles d manifestantes en 12mo dia d protestas antiracistas. Esta noche puede ser muy tensa en la capital del ImperioUSA.— Rafelito Rojo (@RafelitoRojo) June 6, 2020
Esos protestantes tienen la solidaridad de la Patria Grande!#Cuba#DeZurdaTeam pic.twitter.com/GkRyHeXEzB
Protesters also gathered on a part of the street that has been officially renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza by the administration of Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to protest against widespread police brutality in the US and to honor the memory of George Floyd. People can be seen drawing signs and play drums at the site.
DC protest— Reels 🎥 🌎 (@JanekaSmith1) June 6, 2020
Protesting on Black Lives Matter Plaza
Full drum circle at Black Lives Matter Plaza as people paint signs. pic.twitter.com/6cFx8Ggzcj— Jane Recker (@janerecker) June 6, 2020
Bowser herself took part in the demonstrations, wearing a green facemask that said "hope" and a T-shirt with the words "We are DC". The mayor gave a short speech, expressing support to peaceful protests and remarked that she wants her own daughter "to grow up in the country where she is not scared to go to the grocery store". Bowser also announced that "today we pushed the army away from our city", while the crowd cheered and applauded.
"On Black Lives Matter Plaza, we said 'no'. In November, we say 'next'", she said.
Anti-police-brutality protests have been occurring in all 50 of the United States for over a week, as well as in almost every major city, sparked by the killing of George Floyd on 25 May in Minneapolis by police officer Derek Chauvin and three counterparts. All four are currently under arrest.