A large crowd of peaceful demonstrators in Washington, DC are heading to Lafayette Park near the White House.
CNN correspondent Alex Marquardt said the protesters “are ending this week as they started, peacefully protesting”.
Sitting on about 250 yoga mats donated by a social worker support group, they sang “Happy Birthday” to Breonna Taylor, who was killed by the police in March and would have turned 27 today.
A new road sign was also erected at the intersection of 16th and 8th streets reading “Black Lives Matter Plaza”.
“This is where that fierce crackdown occurred against those Monday night protesters who were peacefully protesting just before the President gave that speech in the Rose Garden when he declared himself” law and order “president,” said Marquardt.
Remarkably absent is the presence of law enforcement. However, city officials expect a bigger rally on Saturday.
“Hundreds, thousands of these demonstrators have been here all week, gathered right here in Lafayette Park from the White House, and behind that fence, which has been reinforced over the week, there is hardly any law we can see “said Marquardt.
“It’s the least amount of law enforcement that I’ve seen all week and that talks about how peaceful these protests have been. Tonight there is no curfew in this city of Washington. But now city officials say they expect a big rally tomorrow. The biggest think they are anticipating since they started in the city of Washington. “
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