Protesters planned to take to the streets nationwide again this weekend, with calls on social media for one million demonstrators to gather in Washington, D.C., amid continued demands for reform to the American justice system sparked by the death of George Floyd.
The nation’s capital is bracing for the largest protest yet on Saturday since the death of George Floyd, expanding a massive fenced perimeter around the White House, even as the Pentagon sent home hundreds of active duty troops positioned outside the city.
Over 10 days of protests, the security perimeter around the White House has increased, and on Thursday morning extended to the far outskirts of a park complex known as the Ellipse near the National Mall with extensive fencing and barricades.
People have taken to the streets in D.C. and across the nation demanding justice for the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. City agencies are expecting a large turnout of peaceful protesters.
There are several different organized protests for Saturday. Starting at noon, a One Million Persons demonstration is planned at the Lincoln Memorial.
1M people are coming to the city and the Mayor is kicking out the National Guard! This is a War on the City! Please pray for the Safety of the President, his staff, the National Guard, and the people that live in the city.That the Terrorists will FAIL and the People will Prevail!
— Jennife29503984 (@Jennife29503984) June 5, 2020