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George Floyd: D.C Mayor has massive ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural painted on street leading to the White House


District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday had “Black Lives Matter” painted on the street that leads to the White House where protesters have been demonstrating following the death of George Floyd.

People were seen painting the words “Black Lives Matter” on Friday morning, June 5, in large block letters in yellow across 16th street, which leads to Lafayette Square and 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,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said 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 mayor said that the people who painted it were from D.C. Public Works department.

“There was a dispute this week about whose street this is,” John Falcicchio, chief of staff for Bowser, a Democrat, said earlier in a tweet.

“Mayor Bowser wanted to make it abundantly clear that this is DC’s street and to honour demonstrators who (were) peacefully protesting on Monday evening.”

Bowser tweeted later on Friday morning that that particular section of 16th Street has been renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza”. A video showing a street sign being put up to that effect was shared by the Mayor.

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