White House placed under LOCKDOWN as protests over George Floyd's death reach US capital
Gathering in northwest Washington, DC on Friday evening, protesters briefly shut down traffic on a major thoroughfare before reaching the White House, where a heavy police presence, barricades and a huge crowd of demonstrators could be seen in videos shared online.
BREAKING: White House is under lockdown as protesters gather outside. https://t.co/kxKfEpyRBa— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) May 29, 2020
Police clad in riot gear were seen scrambling to get in position around the White House’s West Wing, where the Oval Office is located.
NOW: Police in riot gear seen running past the West Wing. pic.twitter.com/BnnBJArHMt— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 30, 2020
At one point during the action, a minor skirmish broke out with police as protesters attempted to tear down barricades, but the spat appears to have been resolved without any arrests or major injuries.
Is The Whitehouse next to go down?pic.twitter.com/NjatC8JOuj— Yellow Red Sparks 🌕 (@yellowredsparks) May 29, 2020
Around a dozen members of the White House press corps were trapped in the West Wing during the lockdown. As protesters began to disperse, an NPR reporter noted that an “intense demonstration” continued in nearby Lafayette Park.
After about an hour, protesters moved away from the White House, heading elsewhere in the city. The lockdown has since been lifted, with police seen withdrawing from the area.
White House lockdown lifted. Heading out. pic.twitter.com/7lO32ZOxx9— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 30, 2020
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