Live updates: Huge ‘Black Lives Matter’ letters painted on street near White House; D.C. mayor urges Trump to withdraw federal forces

Live updates: Huge ‘Black Lives Matter’ letters painted on street near White House; D.C. mayor urges Trump to withdraw federal forces
Here are some significant developments:• Local artists and city staff are painting “Black Lives Matter” in massive yellow letters on 16th Street near the White House. Artists arrived to begin painting about 4 a.m., said local artist Rose Jaffey, who was among dozens still working at 9:30 a.m. The art will take up two blocks…

Here are some significant developments:

• Local artists and city staff are painting “Black Lives Matter” in massive yellow letters on 16th Street near the White House. Artists arrived to begin painting about 4 a.m., said local artist Rose Jaffey, who was among dozens still working at 9:30 a.m. The art will take up two blocks on 16th Street, between K and H streets.

Seven days after protesters first descended on the nation’s capital, the uprising of the angry, exhausted and fed up showed Thursday that they are far from finished. Protesters held a “die-in” at the White House and marched to Washington National Cathedral. They accepted the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus and got drenched in a nighttime thunderstorm. They doused their hands in sanitizer and led their children through the crowds.

• Though the issues at the core of the protests are not new, experts said, the diversity of the crowd and the sustained momentum is. Experts cite a confluence of factors, including a mainstreaming of protests, a backlash to citywide vandalism, the response to a fortified Washington, frustration with the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and a growing recognition of unequal treatment of black people.

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