A large number of peaceful protesters in Washington are heading to Lafayette Park near the White House.
CNN correspondent Alex Marquardt said protesters were “finishing how they started this week, protesting peacefully.”
Sitting in about 250 yoga mats donated by a social worker defense team, they sang “Happy Birthday” to Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in March and turned 27 today.
At the intersection of the 16th and 8th streets, a new sign has also been created with the indication “Black Lives Matter Plaza”.
“This is the crackdown on those protesters on Monday night who protested peacefully just before the President gave his speech at the Rose Garden when he declared himself ‘President of Law and Order,'” Marquardt said.
The presence of law enforcement is noticeably absent. However, city officials are expecting more protests on Saturday.
“These protesters have come out here every week from hundreds, thousands, gathering here in Lafayette Park from the White House, and behind this fence, which has been strengthened throughout the week, there is almost no law enforcement that we can see, “Marquardt said.
“It’s the lowest rate of law enforcement I’ve seen in a week and it speaks volumes about how peaceful these protests were. There’s no curfew in this city in Washington tonight. But now city officials say they’re waiting for a huge demonstration tomorrow. The biggest they think they’ve been waiting for since they started in Washington. “