A message aimed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. https://t.co/Du2LFxlJ9d
— Kevin Whitelaw (@KevinWhitelaw1) June 5, 2020
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) June 5, 2020
After week of protest, Saturday expected to bring largest crowds yet to Washington https://t.co/UTJdJwGehv
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 6, 2020
But seriously: Be careful out there, people…
… Starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, police will close much of downtown to vehicle traffic, creating a pedestrian-only demonstration zone stretching between the southern boundary of the Mall and L Street NW to the north. The western boundary is along 19th Street NW, and the eastern edge is roughly Ninth Street NW through downtown and Third Street NW along the Mall.
A fortified perimeter around the White House, including a tall black fence that was erected late this week after days of volatile confrontations between police and demonstrators, will remain.
Unlike many other large-scale demonstrations that the District hosts, no one person or organization is leading Saturday’s events.
Nearly a dozen different demonstrations run by as many organizations or individuals have been advertised for Saturday, starting at 6 a.m. and running into the night. Many protesters plan to stay out until the early hours of Sunday morning.
There are no leaders to speak to and no agenda to follow…
Even Black Lives Matter DC has repeatedly announced this week that it is not behind all the grass-roots activism that has taken hold and flooded the city with protesters. Online, people from around the Washington region and neighboring states announced their intention to join and encouraged others to do the same.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said no arrests have been made during protests since Tuesday. He said he hoped that that streak would continue as he expected on Saturday to see the largest crowd since protests began in the city on May 29…
Watch out. She’s going to paint BLM on your forehead while you doze. https://t.co/9wV16MfLhW
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) June 6, 2020
Honestly I have so much material I'm going to need a 3 hour special at this point
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) June 5, 2020