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U.S. cities brace for surge in demonstrators as George Floyd protests continue

U.S. cities brace for surge in demonstrators as George Floyd protests continue
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The outraged Americans flooding the national capital this weekend will be greeted by two oversized, street-level reactions to the country’s latest historic flashpoint — a study in political contrasts built by separate work crews.

“Black Lives Matter” — block letters as tall as the roadway is wide, stencilled by city workers in yellow traffic paint — jumps off the asphalt along the two blocks of 16th Street leading to Lafayette Square, ending just before the pastel walls of the boarded-up St. John’s Episcopal Church.

Just across H Street, meanwhile, a two-metre black steel fence, initially erected to keep protesters out of the park, was being extended and fortified late Friday to encapsulate the entire White House complex and adjacent buildings, with contractors installing concrete barriers for good measure.

By all accounts, both the protesters and the perimeter will be there for a while.

“We’ll be out here for as long as it takes — as long as it takes,” said Adele McClure, 31, a lifelong social activist and executive director of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
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